Mackerel season starts well

07 Jul 2017
Venus NS vessel

HB Grandi's Venus NS vessel is currently on the Papagrunn grounds to catch mackeral

HB Grandi has reported a good start to the mackerel season, confirming its pelagic vessel Víkingur is in Iceland’s Port of Vopnafjordur with 600t of catch board.

The Icelandic seafood company said sister vessel Venus, on the Papagrunn grounds, is also doing well.

Róbert Axelsson, current skipper of Víkingur, said: “This is our second mackerel trip and in the first one we were a lot further east, close to the Westmann Islands. That trip was around 600 tonnes, with a mix of some herring, but this time we’ve started with a 170 tonne haul on the Papagrunn grounds and it’s clean mackerel.”

The four-hour tow resulted in a haul of top quality mackeral with an average weight of 390 grams, according to HB Grandi.

Mr Axelsson stated: “It looks like there aren’t many fishing mackerel yet. Huginn was next to us off the Westmann Islands in the last trip and they are still fishing further west. We haven’t been aware of anyone else yet.”

Both vessels spent spring and early summer fishing for blue whiting and Mr Axelsson commented that although the blue whiting fishing went well, there is still a decent amount of quota still to be caught, but he does not expect problems catching it.

“We’ll see what the situation is in the autumn or before Christmas, and the main concern is whether we catch blue whiting all the way out east in the Faroese zone or if we’ll be able to catch any of it here in Icelandic waters. This year we fetched our blue whiting east of the Faroes, apart from what we caught in Icelandic waters before the Seamen’s Day stopover. We’re hoping that will continue, as it saves us a lot of steaming time.”

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