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01.08.2015

Therney lands ISK260-270 million trip

‘We had some very good fishing the first three days we were in the Russian zone, then we had a winch rotor that needed to be fixed so we had to steam to Kirkenes in Norway to get it repaired. By the time we were back at sea, the fishing had died away and we had to spend some time steaming and searching for fish,’ said Kristinn Gestsson, skipper of factory trawler Therney RE which docked in Reykjavík last Tuesday after a trip in the Barents Sea. 

The catch was 650 tonnes of raw fish during 19 day´s of fishing, with an estimated value of ISK260 to 270 million.

Kristinn Gestsson said that most of the catch was cod, plus a few tonnes of haddock and small amounts of spotted catfish and oceanic catfish.

‘It only took two or three hours steaming from the monitoring station where we have to log in to the Russian EEZ, before we had dropped straight onto some very good fishing on the Skolpen Bank. There were three Icelandic trawlers there ahead of us, but they had all finished their trips and gone home by the time we had fixed our winch rotor.’

He said at this time there was no option but to try and find fish elsewhere in the Russian zone.

‘We steamed east to the Goose Bank and around three days of good fishing north-east of the bank. After that we had to search for our fish and found that most of the patches we tried couldn’t sustain more than a couple of hauls. The furthest east we went was 48°E, but this time we didn’t go further east to the Novaya Zemlya area,’ Kristin Gestsson said.

The catch was 650 tonnes of raw fish during 19 day´s of fishing, with an estimated value of ISK260 to 270 million.

Kristinn Gestsson said that most of the catch was cod, plus a few tonnes of haddock and small amounts of spotted catfish and oceanic catfish.

‘It only took two or three hours steaming from the monitoring station where we have to log in to the Russian EEZ, before we had dropped straight onto some very good fishing on the Skolpen Bank. There were three Icelandic trawlers there ahead of us, but they had all finished their trips and gone home by the time we had fixed our winch rotor.’

He said at this time there was no option but to try and find fish elsewhere in the Russian zone.

‘We steamed east to the Goose Bank and around three days of good fishing north-east of the bank. After that we had to search for our fish and found that most of the patches we tried couldn’t sustain more than a couple of hauls. The furthest east we went was 48°E, but this time we didn’t go further east to the Novaya Zemlya area,’ Kristin Gestsson said.

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