1200 tonnes in five hauls
pelagic vessel Venus is on its way to Vopnafjörður with 1200 tonnes
of herring on board. This catch, which is the first to be landed at
Vopnafjörður following the seamen’s strike, was taken in five
hauls west of Faxaflói Bay.
‘There’s more to
be seen now than there was before the strike. We found some decent
marks of herring with good results when we were able to hit them
right,’ said Venus’s skipper Róbert Axelsson. He and his crew
were the first ones back to sea when the strike ended, along with
pelagic vessels Bjarni Ólafsson and Jóna Eðvalds.
He said that the
weather during the trip was not the most comfortable, but didn’t
seem to affect the fishing.
‘We started further north close to the Kolluáll Gully and then moved south. We took the last tow in the Faxi Deeps, which is north-west of the Mountains. This is good herring with an average weight of 340 grammes. There was only one haul when we had smaller herring and that wasn’t a big one,’ Róbert Axelsson said when Venus was steaming through fine weather south of the Mýrdalur glacier.