NOTHING NORMAL, BUT...
Ingunn AK docked in its home port of Akranes today with an estimated 1900 tonnes of capelin on board. The catch was taken in seven shots with a deep seine on the Skagagrunn grounds off Húnaflói Bay, the same area that has seen the heaviest capelin fishing over the last few days.
Ingunn’s skipper, Gudlaugur Jónsson, commented that there’s nothing normal about this year’s capelin season although he’s confident that it will work out for the best.
‘What stands out is the weather, which has been outright terrible. We were worried that the capelin migration had come to a standstill off the north coast and that the fish wouldn’t follow their usual pattern off the east coast and then westwards along the south coast and into Faxaflói and Breidafjördur. Thankfully there are indications that the capelin won’t leave the normal pattern,’ he said.
‘There have been sightings of capelin off the east coast and five or six boats have had catches there. There’s a storm blowing on the fishing grounds at the moment and they have had to seek shelter. But I’m confident of a good season,’ he said and commented that he is so confident of this that Ingunn will be sailing next time with its shallow purse seine gear on board, ready for fishing on the shallow ground off the south coast in the immediate future.