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‘The fishing is good and there’s nothing to complain about. We’ve mostly managed to haul and shoot twice a day and tow for 12 to 15 hours at a time. It’s generally good fish that we have been catching, although there’s a mix of small fish with it sometimes,’ said Róbert Axelsson, who is skipper of Venus for this trip on blue whiting grounds south of the Faroe Islands ... 

Combating illegal fishing / April 1, 2016 11:50

Making sure all rules are complied with is an essential part of managing fisheries. 

HB GRANDI: Heavy fishing / April 1, 2016 10:02

There has been some very good fishing in the last few weeks south and west of the Reykjanes Peninsula. The fishing is primarily golden redfish and cod, plus there has been a spell of good saithe fishing. There are trawlers and smaller boats fishing from the Westmann Islands all the way west to Reykjanes and according to Eiríkur Jónsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s fresher trawler Sturlaugur H Bödvarsson, there has been a steady period of heavy fishing over these last few weeks ...

U-turn over deep sea species / April 1, 2016 09:35

RETAIL giant Les Mousquetaires announced earlier today that its fishing fleet, Scapêche, will progressively phase out fishing for deep-sea species, as well as the sale of deep-sea fish in its supermarkets by 2025 ...

CONAPESCA Director: Aquaculture must be recognized, or its development will be slowed

According to the allocations made by the Directorate of Fisheries for the 2015/16 quota year, HB Grandi’s vessels have a total of 38,661 cod-equivalent tonnes. This is a lower figure than for the previous year when the company had 40,125 cod-equivalent tonnes and its quota share was 10.67%. 

~~‘It’s very quiet. A lot of boats went up north to search for mackerel and although there’s quite a fleet here, there doesn’t appear to be much fishing. We got here today and took one short haul for a hundred tonnes of mackerel,’ said Gudlaugur Jónsson, skipper of Venus.

BIG MACKEREL OFF THE EAST COAST / August 14, 2015 10:10

‘We’re just hauling now after our final and third tow, and we expect to be in Vopnafjördur tonight. If everything works out, we should have around 500 tonnes,’ said Hjalti Einarsson, skipper of Faxi RE, which was in a position on the Hvalbakur grounds off the east coast when we spoke to him...

VENUS FISHING WELL ON MACKEREL / July 29, 2015 10:07

Venus NS is expected to dock this evening or tonight at Vopnafjördur with around 650 tonnes of mackerel on board, caught in four hauls south east of Hvalbak...

LUNDEY BACK FISHING / July 20, 2015 09:09

A fault in the main engine has kept Lundey NS away from joining the mackerel fishery for a few days. According to skipper Albert Sveinsson, the engine has just had a complete overhaul, but one of the pistons failed as the engine was started up...

Faxi RE arrived at Vopnafjördur Wednesday night with around 200 tonnes of mackerel on board, making this the first mackerel landing of the summer. According to skipper Hjalti Einarsson, the fish were caught in four hauls off the south-east coast...

Fresher trawler Helga María AK docked in Reykjavík Yesterday morning after a five and a half day trip with a catch of 160 tonnes on board. According to skipper Heimir Guðbjörnsson, the bulk of the catch is golden redfish and saithe, and only five tonnes are other species, such as ling and haddock...

TARGETED BLUE WHITING FISHERY ENDS / June 22, 2015 09:35

Venus NS is now landing at Vopnafjördur after docking yesterday with 1800-1900 tonnes of blue whiting on board. This ends HB Grandi’s targeted fishery on blue whiting for the time being...

All three of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessels are now fishing on blue whiting deep south of the Faroe Islands along with a number of other vessels. Fishing has started slowly, according to Albert Sveinsson, who is skipper of Ingunn AK for this trip, and by midday yesterday they had 1300 tonnes on board after roughly four days of fishing...

FINEST QUALITY SAITHE FROM SELVOGUR / April 16, 2015 09:33

Freezer trawler Höfrungur III AK docked in Reykjavík yesterday morning after a 24-day trip. Skipper Haraldur Árnason is satisfied with the results and said that he is particularly pleased with the excellent fishing on saithe on the Selvogur Bank...

GOOD FISHING OFF REYKJANES / April 1, 2015 09:14

Wetfish trawler Sturlaugur H Bödvarsson docked in Reykjavík Sunday morning with 120 tonnes of fish after only two and a half days on the fishing grounds. The plan had been to land today, but good fishing meant that the trip was shortened by two days...

HALF BILLION ISK TRIP / March 25, 2015 09:13

Factory trawler Therney RE is due to dock in Reykjavík tomorrow. The ship is now steaming home after a successful trip in Norwegian waters. The catch is estimated at 1275 tonnes of raw fish with value of ISK 506 million...

BIG CAPELIN OFF THE EAST / February 20, 2015 09:36

‘We’re hoping for the best. At least the capelin are showing up in the shallows off the east coast where we have seen them before. Going by the catches off Stokksnes and south of Hornafjördur over the last few days, it looks like the capelin season is properly underway. A lot of things have taken us by surprise this winter, not least the size of the capelin off the east coast. It’s not far off being twice the size of the capelin we caught in the north,’ said Arnthór Hjörleifsson, skipper of Lundey NS...

NOTHING NORMAL, BUT... / February 16, 2015 09:31

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...

CAPELIN SEASON LOOKS GOOD AT AKRANES / February 13, 2015 09:10

Lundey NS docked at Akranes wednesday morning with 1500 tonnes of capelin on board. This is Lundey’s second landing this season at Akranes and factory manager Gudmundur Hannesson said that the outlook is for a good season...

830 TONNES FOR 40 DAYS OF FOUL WEATHER / February 9, 2015 16:13

‘The weather has been foul the whole time, not least during the steam home. We got through the storm yesterday that the Norwegians named Ole, and we had wind speeds of 40 m/sec for four hours. When the wind dropped away to 25 m/sec, the sea started to build up. Now we’re steaming into the wind instead of setting a direct course for home,’ said Ægir Franzson, skipper of Therney RE when we spoke to him this evening...

SEASON’S FIRST CAPELIN TO AKRANES / February 4, 2015 15:06

Lundey NS was scheduled to dock at Akranes this afternoon with full tanks of capelin, the first landing of the season to Akranes. The fish were caught in three shots east of the Skagagrunn grounds...

CAPELIN STAY SHALLOW / January 29, 2015 09:01

‘We arrived here off Melrakkaslétta Yesterday morning but the capelin aren’t showing themselves. There’s plenty there, but the marks are small and the fish look to be dispersed and sticking to the shallows close to the land. This is the same situation as last season, but not what we have been seeing in past years,’ said Gudlaugur Jónsson, skipper of Ingunn AK, when we spoke to him...

GOOD HAULS FOR LUNDEY / January 20, 2015 09:06

Lundey NS was due to dock at Vopnafjördur earlier today with around 1000 tonnes of capelin on board. According to skipper Arnthór Hjörleifsson, fishing has been slow since they sailed in the New year, but picked up this last weekend...

FAXI STARTS ON CAPELIN / January 12, 2015 14:55

Things have been quiet on the fishing grounds north of Iceland since the pelagic fleet started its search for capelin in the New Year. According to Albert Sveinsson, skipper of Faxi RE, the capelin are dispersed and marks are loose. Faxi is now fishing 90 nautical miles north of Raudinúpur, and by yesterday evening had 390 tonnes on board after three hauls...

HB GRANDI CATCH VALUES ISK15.20 BILLION / January 12, 2015 11:45

The HB Grandi fleet last year landed 152,500 tonnes of fish with a value of approximately ISK15.20 billion. This represents a reduction compared to the previous year when the company fleet landed 188,200 tonnes worth ISK16.80 billion...

GOOD TRIP FOR THERNEY IN RUSSIAN WATERS / December 15, 2014 09:19

Therney RE is now steaming back to Icelandic waters after a successful trip in the Russian zone of the Barents Sea. According to chief mate Sigurgeir Jóhannsson, catches have been very good with an estimated 655 tonnes of live weight fish in their two weeks there...

SUMMER HERRING PRODUCTION OVER / November 5, 2014 10:10

Early Yesterday  morning the staff at HB Grandi’s Vopnafjördur factory finished processing the last of the herring landed by Faxi RE, bringing to an end a short but busy season that started at the beginning of October on Icelandic summer-spawning herring...

WIND SPEEDS UP TO 51M/SEC / October 22, 2014 16:41

Faxi RE docked at Vopnafjördur late last night after a long steam from western Iceland. The route taken was the longer option, passing south of Iceland due to unusually bad weather conditions off the north coast over the last few days, and skipper Albert Sveinsson said that they had storm-force conditions the whole way. The wind speed indicator topped 51m/sec at one point, although sea conditions were not bad...

STRONG MARKS LAST NIGHT, GONE TODAY / October 17, 2014 14:39

Herring has a reputation as a tricky customer, as Arnthór Hjörleifsson, skipper of Lundey NS, would agree. When Lundey arrived on fishing grounds yesterday evening there were strong herring marks to be seen deep west of Snæfellsnes. Two shot tows yielded 460 tonnes of fish, but today there was nothing to be seen...

 



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