The fresher trawlers operated by Brim (previously HB Grandi) have had a good summer, according to Viðey’s skipper Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson, who landed his last trip of the 2018-19 quota…
‘It hasn’t been an easy trip, although we can say that when the weather has been decent, so has the fishing.Right now it’s blowing hard, a real storm, and we’re…
The seasonal fishing off the south-west of Iceland has been excellent and HB Grandi’s fresher trawlers have been making good landings. The emphasis has been on fishing good-quality spring season saithe, and this has been going well this trip, according to Viðey’s skipper Kristján Gíslason.
According to Iceland’s National Association of Small Boat Owners (NASBO), the saithe catch for the last three years has fallen a long way short of the quotas allocated for it – by around 35,000 tonnes.
According to Scottish fisheries secretary Fergus Ewing, Scotland has secured a number of its negotiation objectives as fisheries talks between the EU and Norway concluded in Bergen.
‘Fishing has been good all through the autumn and weather conditions have been fine. There were two deep depressions that passed over the Westfjords during the last trip, but we escaped the worst of it,’ said Heimir Guðbjörnsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s fresher trawler Helga María.
The International Sea Research Council (ICES) has recommended that the Barents Sea cod quota next year should not exceed 712,000 tonnes – a 20% reduction compared to this year's quota.
An assessment by Philip Taylor, campaign manager for Open Seas, and Griffin Carpenter, an economic modeller at the New Economics Foundation, concludes that fears of a choke on fishing in the UK’s hake, saithe, whiting and haddock fisheries in 2016 did not materialise.
Norway and the Faroe Islands have reached agreement on reciprocal fishing rights for 2017, with the Faroes getting an increased cod quota in Norwegian waters and in return Norway gets a higher mackerel quota in the Faroese EEZ.
ICES has updated its advice for North Sea fish stocks, notably saithe, haddock and cod.