Síldarvinnslan’s pelagic vessel Börkur has landed the largest known volume of capelin in a single landing to the company’s fishmeal plant in Seyðisfjörður.
‘We discharged 3211 tonnes from Börkur. That’s the largest capelin landing that has been made here and, I’ve never heard of a bigger landing,’ said factory manager Eggert Ólafur Einarsson.
‘Beitir has a couple of times landed over 3000 tonnes, but that has always been blue whiting. Discharging went well and production is also making good progress.’
The company’s Neskaupstaður factory manager Hafthór Eiríksson agreed that this has to be a record landing.
‘According to the Directorate of Fisheries figures, Beitir landed 3117 tonnes in March 2017, and that was believed to be a record. Since then Beitir has made a 3220 tonne landing, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if this was the largest ever capelin landing,’ he said.
Vilhelm Thorsteinsson has also landed, discharging its 2045 tonne catch to the Neskaupstaður factory, where part of its capelin landing may be routed to human consumption production. So far all capelin landings have been processed for fishmeal and fish oil.