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Bad weather on blue whiting grounds

HB Grandi’s trio of pelagic vessels are now all docked in the Faroe Islands as their crews wait for the present round of stormy weather passes over so they can get back to sea. Lundey NS is in Fuglafjördur with 400 tonnes in her tanks. Faxi RE is in Klaksvík with 100 tonnes, alongside Ingunn AK, which has yet to start fishing.

Lundey’s chief mate and relief skipper Stefán Geir Jónsson said that the weather started to worsen on Wednesday night and the outlook isn’t good for the next few days.

‘We were in the so-called ‘grey area’ between the Faroese and Scottish territorial waters. It’s a hard place to work, with strong currents and difficult seas,’ he said and added that their fish was taken in two 19 to 20 hour tows over two days. Seven or eight other Icelandic vessels were on the same fishing grounds, along with Faroese and Russian vessels.

‘The fishing was slow and the blue whiting are small. Last week’s fishing was good, but then it fell away,’ Stefán Geir Jónsson said. There is now a queue to land at the Havsbrún fishmeal plant in Fuglafjördur and they may not be able to discharge their catch until Saturday morning.