East of Iceland fishing company Síldarvinnslan saw its blue whiting season come to an end last week, with a total of 65,000 tonnes landed to two factories.
The last landing of the season took place last week when Beitir docked with full tanks. Since the beginning of the year, 25,000 tonnes of blue whiting have been landed in Seyðisfjörður and 40,000 tonnes at Neskaupstaður.
According to Börkur’s skipper Hjörvar Hjálmarsson, this has been a good season.
‘This was a better season than we have had for a few years,’ he said. ‘We can say that the fishing was good right from the start in April right up until we finished last week, although it was starting to slow down a little in the last trip.’
According to fishmeal production manager Gunnar Sverrisson said that the raw material quality has been good this year.
‘Catches have been kept chilled on board, which maintains quality and makes processing easier,’ he said.
Síldarvinnlan’s two pelagic vessels have fished well this year, each landing more than 18,000 tonnes of blue whiting caught in Faroese waters. This season Beitir landed 18,749 tonnes, while Börkur landed 18,818 tonnes.
Other vessels landing to Síldarvinnslan’s factories include Bjarni Ólafsson with 7945 tonnes, Vilhelm Thorsteinsson with 7735 tonnes, Hákon with 7662 tonnes and Norwegian pelagic vessel Norderveg with 2405 tonnes.