Poor outlook for weather – and markets
Bergey’s crew landing their catch in the Westman Islands this week. Image: Síldarvinnslan/Guðmundur Alfreðssson

Poor outlook for weather – and markets

Bergur-Huginn’s trawlers docked in the Westman Islands this week with capacity trips, but both are remaining tied up as the weather outlook is poor, and so are the market prospects for fresh fish.

Both Bergey and Vestmannaey landed full trips of high-quality saithe and are now sitting out a few days alongside as a couple of anti-cyclones are expected to pass across, bringing another round of heavy weather to Iceland.

A secondary reason for staying at the quay is the uncertainty of export markets as the demand for fresh fish has crashed.

According to Bergur-Huginn director Arnar Richardsson, retail chains are looking for frozen product and restaurants across Europe are shut. Most of the trawlers’ catches for the last two weeks have been landed for processing ashore in the Westman Islands, Seyðisfjörður, Neskaupstaður, Dalvík and Akureyri.

The company is watching overseas markets carefully for signs of recovery, and one container of fish was shipped to the UK this week, primarily to maintain contact with the market.