Cod inside the lineCod have been scarce on trawl grounds during the spawning season. Photo: Brim

Brim’s fresher trawler Akurey has just landed a 130 tonne trip from grounds off the south coast of Iceland.

With cod currently congregating close inshore to spawn in Icelandic waters, Akurey’s crew found their usual fishing grounds bare of cod for the time being.

“This trip the plan was to search out saithe and cod in amounts worth fishing for. That worked out for the saithe, but the cod are all inside the line and probably right up by the shore and spawning there,” said Akurey’s skipper Magnús Kristjánsson, commenting that the trip had started on the Eldey Bank, but fishing there was poor.

“So we shifted to the Selvogur Bank. There was heavy fishing for haddock, but no cod to be seen on the trawl grounds. The next stop was the Mountains. As usual, there was plenty of golden redfish and we found a good amount of saithe as well, so overall this was a good trip,” he said, adding that he doesn’t expect fishing for cod to improve off the south-west coast until spawning season is over.

He said that cod are close in to the shore everywhere during spawning, and right now there are no cod to be seen in areas such as the Jökull Deeps where there had been good fishing until very recently.

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