The ‘Venus’ Photo: BRIMThe ‘Venus’ Photo: BRIM

Brim’s pelagic vessels have finished this season’s fishing for Atlanto-Scandian herring.

The Venus and Víkingur are both now in Reykjavík, ready for their next assignment which could be Icelandic summer-spawning herring or blue whiting.

Bergur Einarsson, skipper of Venus, said that the Atlanto-Scandian herring season had been short and sharp. ‘Fishing went very well and there was a lot of herring there,” he said. “Fishing grounds were no more than 60 to 80 nautical miles from Vopnafjörður. The weather was fine and the herring in top condition, and we can say that production ashore dictated how quickly we fished.

“We had three trips and the last of these was for 1500 tonnes taken in four short tows. This was good quality herring, averaging 380 to 420 grams,” he added.

The next step for the pelagic vessels is uncertain. Any fishing for Icelandic summer-spawning herring is unlikely to start until November. “I don’t know what’s next, but blue whiting would be an option,” concluded Bergur Einarsson.

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