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‘The blue whiting fishery is very quiet now. It’s not as if this is a surprise, although there had been hopes that the good fishing would continue for a while,’ said Víkingur’s skipper Albert Sveinsson.

As part of the expedition, two research vessels, Professor Levanidov (VNIRO) and Akademik Mstislav Keldysh (RAS), will conduct a series of surveys in the Arctic seas of Russia.

In accordance with the Fishery Regulations for the Far Eastern Fisheries Basin, the APO fishery in the West Kamchatka and Kamchatka-Kurilу subzones of the Sea of Okhotsk was completed on March 31, 2019. On April 10, 2019, the pollock fishery in the North Okhotsk subarea was officially closed. Thus, the season A “pollock fishery” in Russia was officially completed in 2019.

The Okhotsk fishery of Russian pollock has come to an end with fairly good results.

Resident of the Free port of Vladivostok (a port zone under a special custom and taxation system, with a particular jurisdiction regarding investments) Vostochnyi Bereg Ltd will start manufacturing laminated tins for seafood on its current premises in Nakhodka.

The herring has arrived at Møre, - and the first vessel with blue whiting is heading for Egersund, reports with reference to Norges Sildesalgslag (Norwegian Fishermen’s Sales Organization for Pelagic Fish).

HB Grandi: Venus back in vopnafjörður / February 21, 2019 08:57

HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Venus came to Vopnafjörður on Monday with the first payload of blue whiting of the year, caught west of Ireland, making it an 800 nautical mile steam home. The return trip took approximately three days.

As per 5 December 2018 the Russian fishermen harvested 4.73 million metric tons of aquatic biological resources, thus showing a 6.2% rise of catches as compared to the same period last year, according to the Federal Agency for Fisheries (FAF).

The stocks of pilchard Sardinops melanostictus and mackerel in the Pacific Ocean have been showing the development trends similar to those predicted by the Russian scientists in 2014-2015. Their forecast for the years coming is fairly promising.

By the end of November the Russian fleets have left not so much of the quotas of such important species as cod, haddock and crabs to be harvested during the last month of the year. 

In the recent couple of years Russia has seen a dramatic boost of catches of shrimp Pandalus borealis in the waters off Spitsbergen in the Barents Sea.

Under the investment quotas scheme as per November current the Russian yards have laid 33 fishing vessels and some seven or eight boats more will be laid in the near future against orders of fishing companies, according to head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries Ilya Shestakov as quoted by Korabel.

Kunashir-based Yuzhno-Kurilsky Fish Factory is building a new modern facility that will produce fish oil and fish meal using production lines from Thailand, according to Sakhalin’s regional government.

The forthcoming declining trend of Pollock abundance in the Sea of Okhotsk should not noticeably influence the Pollock season 2019 because the fishing stock will mostly be composed of mature individuals of the strong year classes 2011 and 2013. However, it is important to have an understanding how the fishery is expected to developed in the course of the A season in terms of catch rates, Pollock sizes and fishing grounds,  according to Vladivostok-based TINRO-Center fishery scientists.

Dalian-based shipyard (China) has laid down the keel of a new fishing vessel Atka for Pacific Fishery Company (Tikhrybkom) with main office in Magadan, according to VARPE (Association of Russian Fishermen, Processors and Exporters).

A state-of-the art fish processing complex with the designed daily capacity of 1000 tonnes of raw material is nearing completion at the Island of Shikotan in the Russian Far East.

Russia’s updated Draft Strategy 2030 for Development of Fishery Economy Complex is seeking to overcome the raw material domination of the nation’s seafood exports in favour of value-added products, according to Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries.

The overall catch of Icelandic vessels in September was 108 thousand tonnes, a 14% decrease from September 2017. Demersal catch was just over 35 thousand tonnes, 7% more than in the same month last year. Pelagic catch was 69 thousand tonnes and declined by 23%. Pelagic catch consisted mostly of mackerel, 54 thousand tonnes. 

HB Grandi reports on fine and big mackerel / September 25, 2018 12:18

Production has been going well at HB Grandi’s pelagic plant in Vopnafjörður this summer and the end of this year’s quota is in sight. According to HB Grandi’s Vopnafjörður factory manager Magnús Róbertsson, the mackerel have been large, good quality fish with an average weight over the summer of 450 to 470 grammes.

Total catch in August less than last year / September 14, 2018 12:01

The overall catch of Icelandic vessels in August was 104,5 thousand tonnes, a 13% decrease from August 2017. Demersal catch was just over ....

HB Grandi to buy Ögurvík / September 12, 2018 12:44

HB Grandi hf has agreed to buy the entire shareholding in fishing company Ögurvík ehf from Brim hf. The purchase price is around ISK12.30 billion (€95 million) and a correction is expected to be applied to this once the results of the company’s financial performance to 31st August 2018 is available, reports with reference to the company.

Víkingur is now in Vopnafjörður with 900 tonnes of mackerel on board, while Venus sailed at midday Yesterday after landing an 880 tonne payload for processing at HB Grandi’s pelagic factory there. Most of the fishing for mackerel is now in international waters just beyond the 200 mile limit and a heavy migration of herring in the Hvalbakur area has made fishing for mackerel difficult in home waters.

Víkingur is now in Vopnafjörður with 900 tonnes of mackerel on board, while Venus sailed at midday Yesterday after landing an 880 tonne payload for processing at HB Grandi’s pelagic factory there. Most of the fishing for mackerel is now in international waters just beyond the 200 mile limit and a heavy migration of herring in the Hvalbakur area has made fishing for mackerel difficult in home waters.

The value of catch from Icelandic vessels in May 2018 was 11.6 billion ISK, an increase of 4.5% compared with May 2017. 

The overall catch of Icelandic vessels in July was 93,551 tonnes, a 27% increase from July 2017. Demersal catch was just over ...

Good fishing all summer / August 15, 2018 11:38

HB Grandi’s freezer trawler Höfrungur III is now back fishing off the Westfords after breaking its trip for a half-landing in Reykjavík at the beginning of the week. According to skipper Haraldur Árnason, there has been good fishing all summer, although each trip is managed on the basis of which species are most economic to catch.

HB Grandi: Fine, large mackerel / July 30, 2018 14:56

Pelagic vessel Venus is now in port at Vopnafjörður, having docked earlier this week with 600 tonnes of mackerel on board for production at HB Grandi’s pelagic processing plant. This is all good quality, large fish with an average size of 420-44 grammes.

‘Fishing has been really slow. We’ve been here for two days. Tows are long and the best we’ve had is a hundred tonnes,’ said Theódór Thórðarson, who is skipper of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Venus for this trip, when we spoke to him Yesterday afternoon.

Saithe chasing capelin / September 29, 2017 08:59

‘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. The first time we were on the south-west grounds and as the second one passed over, we were finishing the trip and were on the Straumnes Bank where things weren’t so rough,” said Heimir Guðbjörnsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s trawler Helga María.

Good fishing on herring / September 29, 2017 08:54

‘We have one more mackerel trip ahead of us, but because of the weather outlook, we decided to go for herring instead. The forecast doesn’t look good for the next few days but we’ll see how it looks when we’ve finished landing,’ said Hjalti Einarsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Víkingur, scheduled to dock in Vopnafjörður this evening with 800 tonnes of herring.


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