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14.03.2016

It’s all about the weather

A dozen pelagic vessels are waiting off the north of the Snæfellsnes peninsula for the weather to improve enough to search for catchable amounts of capelin in Breidafjördur. 

According to Albert Sveinsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s Víkingur, the weather conditions are expected to improve this evening and tonight.

‘Our last landing was at Akranes and we arrived here in Breidafjördur yesterday. There was capelin in the middle of the fjord and we managed to shoot twice before the weather hit us. We had 550 tonnes of capelin in the first shot and lost the second one when the bag was ripped,’ he said, commenting that now everything depends on the weather. One low-pressure system after another has been coming across and as if it were not enough that the weather has been bad, sea conditions have also been at their worst as the wind dies away.
The forecast for the next few days is not promising, but Albert Sveinsson hopes to be able to find a few windows in the weather.

‘It should be fine tonight but there hasn’t been great nighttime fishing. But it’s getting brighter and the days are getting longer, so we’re optimistic,’ he said.

Capelin roe is now being frozen at HB Grandi’s factories in Vopnafjördur and Akranes, According to production manager Gunnar Hermannsson at Akranes, two payloads have been received from Venus and one from Víkingur, and production has gone well. Roe production has a peak production capacity of around 100 tonnes per hour and a hundred staff are working in roe production.

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