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12,500 tonnes of herring left

HB Grandi's pelagic vessels have between them around 12,500 tonnes of herring to be caught, of which 3300 tonnes are still to be caught in Norwegian waters.

According to Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson, head of the company's pelagic division, there is every expectation that the year's herring quota will all be caught. 3100 tonnes can also be carried over to next year, so there is little chance of any of the company's quota being lost.

Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson says that Faxi RE and Ingunn AK landed 3200 tonnes between them at Vopnafjördur over the weekend. Around 300 tonnes of Ingunn's herring went for production for human consumption to produce 130 tonnes of butterfly fillets.

The Icelandic herring fleet is now operating just outside the Norwegian limits between 68° and 69°N, in an area that is a 460 mile steam back to Vopnafjördur. Lundey NS arrived on the grounds yesterday morning and by early today had 450 tonnes on board. Ingunn is expected on the fishing grounds tonight and Ingunn tomorrow morning.

The state of the Atlanto-Scandian herring stock is judged to be strong and it was announced today that ICES has recommended an increased quota to 1,643,000 tonnes next year. This an increase of 8% and will give the Icelandic fleet a quota of 238,000 tonnes next year.