Síldarvinnslan is bridging the gap between now and the beginning of the summer herring and mackerel seasons by switching its production to groundfish.
The company’s Neskaupstaður factory started processing saithe last week now that there are no pelagic landings to work on. This also happened at the end of last year and earlier this year when there was a break between capelin landings. Prior to this, there had been no saithe processing at the factory since 2014.
Síldarvinnslan also plans to process redfish, and processing lines for this are now being prepared.
While much of the workforce has taken the opportunity of a break in pelagic production to take a holiday, around twenty staff are currently working on groundfish processing. Most staff holidays are expected to have been taken by the time the herring and mackerel fisheries are underway in mid-July, when temporary summer staff are also taken on during the busiest time of the year.