The trawler Beitir NK 123 was on its way to harbor in Neskaupstaður, East Iceland, last night with possibly the largest load of capelin ever in Iceland.
“We took this in four catches, more than 3,000 tons in thirteen hours, up to 1,200 tons in a catch. That’s not common in a regular fishing season,” stated Tómas Kárason, captain of Beitir.
This is believed to be the largest capelin load ever brought to harbor in Iceland, according to mbl.is.
Fishing boats have brought in large loads of capelin ever since the fishermen’s strike ended on February 19. Acting on suggestions from the Icelandic Marine Research Institute, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir decided in mid-February to increase the total capelin quota allocated to Icelandic fishing boats to 196,075 tons this season, Kjarninn reports. The estimated worth of the total capelin catch is about ISK 17 billion (USD 159 million, EUR 151 million).
Earlier this winter, Icelandic fishing boats had been allocated just over 12,000 tons of capelen quota, so the increase announced last month was more than 16-fold.
Last year, the total value of capelin exported from Iceland was ISK 18 billion (USD 168 million, EUR 159 million), which was second only to the ISK 100.4 billion (USD 937 million, EUR 889 million) worth of cod exported, according to Fiskifréttir.