Brim’s fresher trawler Viðey has been on the Eldeyjarboði grounds for the last few days among a fleet of trawlers making the most of the late winter season.
Everyone fishing well, according to skipper Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson, adding that catches are mainly cod and saithe, as well as some golden redfish.
‘The cod are four to five kilo in weight and proper season fish. The saithe were very large to begin with, mainly four to six kilo fish. The size has dropped recently and I don’t know if we’ll catch more saithe in the later part of the trip. The saithe allocation has been reduced, which means that we look for larger fish,’ he said.
Quality is at the top of the agenda for Viðey’s crew, and he commented that they haul immediately whenever it looks like there’s ten tonnes in the codend.
‘It’s ideal if the amount isn’t more than eight tonnes, and most tows are six to ten tonnes,’ he said and estimated that around midday yesterday the catch for the trip had reached 100 tonnes.
Viðey is scheduled to dock in Reykjavík on Monday, but according to the skipper, the trip could be shorter if the catch rate holds.