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20.07.2018

Good fishing on mackerel east of the Westmann Islands

Venus docked in Vopnafjörður Yesterday with around 750 tonnes of mackerel for production. Fishing has been very good along the bank off the Reynis Deeps over the last few days, and according to skipper Kristján Thorvarðarson, the mackerel are good -sized fish with little feed in them and they are keeping away from the herring.

‘We were on the fishing grounds on Tuesday evening, and this fish, which is ideal for production at Vopnafjörður, was taken in four hauls,’ he said, adding that the average weight is 440 grammes.

‘It looks to us as if the fish is heading eastwards along the bank, and there’s certainly some making its way westwards along the coast as well. We’ve also heard that there’s fishing for mackerel in Greenlandic waters, so we can only be optimistic,’ he said, commenting that it’s positive that there are more pelagic boats joining in the fishing.

‘It makes searching much easier. The Westmann Islands fleet is all on mackerel now and so are the Hornafjörður boats. Vilhelm Thorsteinsson was on the fishing grounds around the same time we were and Hoffell was on the way,’ Kristján Thorvarðarson said. 

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