Three pelagic vessels sailed from the Westmann Islands last week on a research venture to seek out opportunities in the Irminger Sea.
The purpose of the venture was to explore possibilities for pearlside and lanterfish in waters south-west of Iceland and the trip was organised on the initiative of the operators of Huginn VE-55, conducted in co-operation with the Marine Research Institute.
Westmann Islands newspaper Eyjafréttir reports that so far the trip has been disappointing.
‘According to the soundings, there should be marks there, but there’s nothing to be found,’ Huginn’s managing director Páll Guðmundsson was reported as saying, adding that he is unsure if they are searching at the wrong time of year or if there are other factors involved.
The three pelagic vessels, Heimaey VE-1, Huginn VE-55 and Ísleifur VE-63, are expected to start steaming home today if there have been no developments.