As Iceland’s capelin season approaches its end for this year, the high-value roe-bearing capelin are in the spotlight.
Capelin reach the critical point of the right roe maturity for the Japanese market as their migration takes them into waters off western Iceland, where fishing is now concentrated.
The first landing of roe capelin was made to Brim’s Akranes production plant at the beginning of the week, when Venus landed 500 tonnes caught off.
East coast fishing and processing company Síldarvinnslan is also preparing for its first landing of roe-bearing capelin with roughly 2000 tonnes in tanks of vessel Beitir.
Beitir and Börkur have also been fishing off western Iceland. Börkur and Bjarni Ólafsson are on the fishing grounds and expect to manage their fishing so that catches can be delivered to the Neskaupstaður factory at intervals to maintain production at a steady rate.