Top quality north coast cod
‘Things are on the slow side right now. We’re here to fish for cod and the cod we’re seeing here on the northern fishing grounds is all fine-quality fish.We’ve shortened the trips and I reckon we have around 135 tonnes. It’s practically all cod. We have a small amount of Greenland halibut and livers. That makes a total of 40 tubs,’ said Viðey’s skipper Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson when we spoke to him steaming in Skagafjörður to land the trip’s catch in Sauðárkrókur.
The crews of Brim’s fresher trawlers Viðey and Akurey are being kept busy, as these two are responsible for supplying the Norðurgarður factory with raw material while the third fresher trawler, Helga María, is on the slipway.
‘I’ve mostly been on what’s called the lava ground, which is north of Kolbeinsey and around 120 nautical miles from Sauðárkrókur,’ he said, and added that there is still plenty of fish on Westfjords grounds.
‘Because of this temporary situation, we have had to work shorter trips. It´s a long steam from the Westfjords to Reykjavík, so it works out better to fish off the north coast, land our catch in Sauðárkrókur and have it trucked to Reykjavík,’ Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson said.
The landing is expected to take five hours and Viðey should be heading back out to fishing grounds tonight.