Home for a half-landing
Factory trawler Höfrungur III AK was due to dock in Reykjavík last night, with the catch scheduled to be discharged early this morning. According to skipper Haraldur Árnason, this is only a half-landing and this trip so far has accounted for approximately 330 tonnes of ungutted fish.
‘We started the trip on deep sea redfish in the Skerja Deeps, but there wasn’t much to be had. Those who can trawl with twin-rig gear, like Örfirisey RE, did much better,’ he said, and added that from there they steamed to the Westfjords grounds where they have been mainly fishing recently.
‘There has been some good, steady fishing on very mixed fish. We try as hard as we can to target saithe, along with cod, haddock and golden redfish. We’ve tried our luck on Greenland halibut as well, but the fishing on that has been sparse so far,’ he said.
Most of the trawlers are searching for saithe, but there has been no serious fishing since there was a heavy month-long spell on saithe in the Reykjafjördur Gully earlier in the summer. There has been virtually no saithe fishing off the east coast, where there has often been good fishing in previous years at just this time of year.
Haraldur Árnason said that no decisions have been taken on where to continue the trip after this half-landing, but he expects a heavy storm on the Westfjords grounds over the weekend.