Herring and mackerel production supports 150 jobs
Production of herring and mackerel is n full swing at HB Grandi’s pelagic complex at Vopnafjördur. Around 2700 tonnes of fish have been landed so far this season since fishing started at the beginning of this month and there are now close to 150 people employed at the plant.
Each of HB Grandi’s three pelagic vessels have landed twice, with fishing grounds off the east coast only eight hours’ steaming time away. According to Magnús Róbertsson, in charge of production at the Vopnafjördur plant, the fish has been fresh but has contained an amount of feed. He said that landings have been approximately 60% herring, with fishing managed as far as possible to catch more herring than mackerel this early in the season.
‘All of the herring goes for frozen butterfly fillet production. As for the mackerel, the smaller grades have been headed and eviscerated, while the larger sizes have gone straight to the blast freezers,’ Magnús Róbertsson said. A tiny proportion of whole fish has been sent to fishmeal production, although all of the waste and offcuts are processed into meal