18,000 tonnes frozen this capelin season
The capelin season has come to an end and HB Grandi’s pelagic vessels last week caught the last of their quota. Their catch this year was 86,150 tonnes, out of an overall quota of 570,000 tonnes, of which 463,000 tonnes went to the Icelandic fleet.
According to Ingimundur Ingimundarson, director of HB Grandi’s pelagic operations, 5500 tonnes of capelin were caught at the end of last year. This was all landed at Vopnafjördur and 2700 tonnes were frozen.
There was excellent progress in the capelin fishery at the beginning of the year, and catches to the end of the season came to 81,000 tonnes. Of this, approximately 54,000 tonnes were landed in Vopnafjördur. 13,500 tonnes of whole capelin for a variety of markets were frozen at the HB Grandi pelagic processing plant in Vopnafjördur, along with 600 tonnes of capelin roe. 26,600 tonnes of capelin were landed at Akranes, where around 1300 tonnes of capelin roe were frozen. The total production of HB Grandi’s frozen capelin products this season came to 18,100 tonnes.
At the start of the season, Faxi RE, Ingunn AK and Lundey NS were fishing HB Grandi’s quota, but when the decision had been taken to increase the quota, Víkingur AK joined the fleet.