Pelagic vessel Bjarni Ólafsson docked in Neskaupstaður on Sunday night with a full load of blue whiting to be discharged to the Síldarvinnslan factory.
‘It worked out better than we could have hoped, said Thorkell Pétursson, who was skipper for this 1800-tonne trip.
‘The fish were caught in five tows over three and a half days. We started in the Seyðisfjörður Deeps where there was very little to be had. So we moved out to the Rose Garden and that was where things started to happen. It’s a long time since we have seen marks like these at this time of year.’
Bjarni Ólafsson’s largest haul was 480 tonnes for a seven-hour tow.
‘That was followed by a 150-tonne haul that same day, and there’s almost no fish to be had at night,’ he said.
‘Things look pretty good and we didn’t have to search far, although the fish were close to the bottom. It goes without saying that news travels fast, and there are more pelagic trawlers there now. Hoffell joined us when we had been fishing for 36 hours and now Beitir is there as well, and there are more on the way. We’re happy with the results and it looks good. We’ll be sailing as soon as we’ve finished landing,’ Thorkell Pétursson said.
Bjarni Ólafsson landing in Neskaupstaður. Image: SVN/Smári Geirsson