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First Mackerel and Herring Reach Vopnafjordur

09 July 2012, at 1:00am

ICELAND - The new seasons first herring and mackerel landing of around 400 tonnes was expected at Vopnafjrdur, accoding to HB Grandi, one of the largest Icelandic fishing companies.

The fish were caught in three short hauls and is split roughly 50:50 herring and mackerel.

According to skipper Gudlaugur Jnsson, they started fishing on Sunday morning with a short haul on the Thors Bank that turned out to be almost clean mackerel, and the decision was taken to shift further north to find herring instead. The outcome was two short tows that were roughly half mackerel and half herring.

"It looks good. We had this fish on small areas and the fish are a good size even though the fat content is only what can be expected at this time of year. The average weight of the mackerel is 450 grammes and the herring mostly between 300 and 350 grammes," he said.

Only a few vessels were fishing in the same area as Ingunn, and Gudlaugur Jnsson said that most of those were fishing in shallower waters looking for mackerel.

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