Research vessels continue capelin search
At a meeting between pelagic vessel operators and the Marine Research Institute last week it was agreed that the next step in the capelin search would be for R/V Árni Fridriksson to continue searching as soon as possible on eastern grounds while R/V Bjarni Sæmundsson should be sent to western waters at the end of January to start searching there.
According to Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson, head of HB Grandi’s pelagic division, who attended the meeting, the idea is that Árni Fridriksson should be deployed south of the capelin migration path and to take measurements northwards along the east coast and from there westwards along the north coast of Iceland, which is where capelin can be expected to be located.
‘It was mentioned at the meeting that the amount of capelin measured by the four vessels working together recently came to 214,000 tonnes – when Árni Fridriksson alone identified 170,000 tonnes. This is a significantly larger volume of capelin than had been identified when Árni Fridriksson was active in the same areas a year ago and located between 70,000 and 80,000 tonnes of capelin,’ Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson says, commenting that it was also mentioned at the meeting that effort would be put into careful monitoring of the Icelandic summer spawning herring over its spawning period.