Norwegian pelagic fishing course in week 11
Good blue whiting week by appointment came in place and horse mackerel along the west coast
The week starts with small blue whiting catches, but on Tuesday 16 March, an agreement was reached with the EU which meant that the blue whiting fleet could move into EU waters. Norway also received 37,500 tonnes more blue whiting in an exchange agreement with the EU.
They were then 5-7 vessels in the international zone on Tuesday which pulled inwards in the EU zones and from 17 March to Sunday 21 March, almost 37,000 tonnes have been reported. Friday 19 was the best day with as many as 15,890 tonnes registered from 10 vessels.
The catches have been delivered in Norway, Denmark, Killybegs and a catch to Iceland. There is little waiting for the facilities, the reception situation has gone smoothly.
The expansion of the quota unit for vessels with blue whiting trawl permits went from 3434 to 4053, which meant an extra 621 tonnes in quota. For vessels with a pelagic and North Sea herring permit, the quota unit increased to 1.83. Several vessels then set course back to the fishing grounds.
There are now 16 vessels active in the field with one on the way. For the blue whiting fleet, there is just under 60,000 tonnes left in the available quota with the flex scheme and the expansion, for vessels with a pelagic and North Sea trawl permit, there is still just over 51,000 tonnes including flex.
Also from the North Sea, we had reported 235 tonnes of blue whiting from a vessel that has fished out in the "edge" west of Egersund.
Around 150 tonnes of horse mackerel have been reported from Skude in the south to Osterøy in the north. The horse mackerel has been delivered to Skude and Global Florø.
Auctioned turnover of Norwegian pelagic fish on 17-23 March 2021
Total auctioned turnover of Norwegian pelagic fish in 2021 as per March, 23
|North Sea Herring||967||6,508||6.73||1,031||2,924||2.84|
|Norw Spr-Spawn Herring||203,622||1,264,762||6.21||180,778||988,310||5.47|