Slow fishing in international waters
‘We are on the way in and should be in Vopnafjördur by 10 this morning. It’s been a struggle these last few days, bad weather and slow fishing,’ said Róbert Axelsson, chief mate and relief skipper of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Ingunn AK when we spoke to him last night.
Ingunn has been searching for herring in the area of international waters known as the Herring Loophole since last week and Róbert Axelsson said that they have been searching over a wide area for herring in cacheable volumes.
‘We steamed east to the middle of the Herring Loophole, which is 340 nautical miles form Vopnafjördur. There wasn’t much to be had there and we were already steaming home when we came across a decent looking patch, so we shot away there and didn’t do badly,’ he said, adding that they are steaming home with 400 tonnes in the tanks.
He added that there are still seven or eight Icelandic vessels still fishing n the Herring Loophole, mostly factory vessels.