Pelagic vessel Beitir docked in Neskaupstaður on Sunday to discharge 1580 tonnes of herring to Síldarvinnslan’s processing plant.
According to skipper Sturla Thórðarson, this was a short trip, with the herring catch taken in four hauls in the southern part of the Héráðsflói Deeps.
‘There wasn’t particularly much to be seen to start with, but suddenly there was herring everywhere. The last haul was around 800 tonnes for a tow of only 50 minutes,’ he said.
‘When the herring turned up, all the boats had some fine fishing. That’s the way herring can be sometimes. Nothing to see, and a moment later everything’s changed. Fishing has been good recently and the outlook is that it’ll lstay that way.’
Production manager Oddur Einarsson at the Síldarvinnslan factory said that the herring landed by Beitir is the best quality.
‘The herring is as fresh as it can be and is idela for production. We’re producing butterfly fillets and the largest herring are wholefrozen. This is a real quality product,’ he said.