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Good fishing on cod, but saithe has left the zone

Fresher trawler Sturlaugur H Bödvarsson AK has been fishing on Westfjords grounds all week and according to skipper Eiríkur Jónsson, they have had a good trip that included a part-landing in Ísafjördur last Sunday of 90 tonnes of cod and a few tonnes of redfish. The trip was resumed and the last haul was taken yesterday afternoon. They docked at the end of the trip this morning with 150 tonnes of cod and between 20 and 25 tonnes of redfish.

They had sailed on Wednesday afternoon last week after landing with their fishroom full of of saithe and redfish in Reykjavík.

‘We started fishing in the Víkuráll Gully and we have been there, on the Hali grounds, on the banks further off and east as far as the Kögur Shallows. There’s cod to be had everywhere, but the saithe seem to have migrated from the fishing grounds. There was some extremely heavy fishing on saithe here in the summer and well into the autumn, but that has been dropping off gradually and there was a three-day storm recently that seems to have dispersed them completely. We can always find redfish on the Hali grounds, but we have concentrated on cod this time and not looked for other species,’ Eiríkur Jónsson said.

He commented that working these longer trips on the Westfjords grounds with a part-landing in Ísafjördur has worked out well, rather than steaming home with a full fishroom after a shorter trip.

‘Fuel costs are so high that steaming north to the Westfjords grounds to pick up thirty or forty tonnes of cod like we used to do simply isn’t cost-effective any more,’ Eiríkur Jónsson said.