Good sized mackerel hauled east of Iceland –

Good sized mackerel hauled east of Iceland Published:  02 September, 2013

Icelandic fish production company HB Grandi’s fishing vessels are reported good sized mackerel from their latest catches.

‘The weather pushed us north to the Héradsflói Deeps yesterday [August 30] and we managed one haul last night. It could have been more, but it was a good catch composition with 80% mackerel against 20% herring. The mackerel sizes are excellent and we had fish up to 800 grammes in the sample,’ said Arnthór Hjörleifsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Lundey NS.

Lundey had been fishing further south of Hornafjördur when the weather took a turn for the worse and it was decided that caution was the best option to preserve the fish from any damage, so they steamed to an area out of the worst of the weather.

Arnthór Hjörleifsson said that the weather was reasonable when they reached the Héradsflói Deeps, but started to worsen again.

Lundey was towing 450 tonnes in its tanks, mostly mackerel plus a small amount of herring.

Ingunn was in Vopnafjördur on Sunday after a trip south of Hornafjördur that yielded 600 tonnes of mackerel. Faxi RE is at sea in the same area and skipper Albert Sveinsson said that when they arrived on Saturday morning it certainly wasn’t fishing weather that greeted them.

‘We had to dodge through some filthy weather and didn’t get a chance to shoot away until after midday. The weather is still poor, but we’re towing with the wind astern and hoping for a decent haul,’ Albert Sveinsson said.