The crew of Adalsteinn Jónsson SU discovered a school of capelin in the nautical territory of Papagrunnur southeast of Iceland on Sunday night. The Icelandic Marine Research Institute vessel Árni Fridriksson is headed there today.
“It seemed like a large school to us,” captain of Adalsteinn Jónsson SU, Dadi Thorsteinsson, told Morgunbladid. “I must admit that I really wanted to fish. Hopefully the results will be fortunate. We need them to be.”
Capelin fishing in Iceland. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
Although capelin has been discovered this season, the fish does not appear in sufficient quantities for a quota to be issued. Fishermen are on the lookout and the Iceland Marine Research Institute is busy measuring the size of the capelin stocks that are found.
Thorsteinn Sigurdsson, director of the institute’s division for fish stocks that are harnessed in Icelandic waters, said that after the crew of Árni Fridriksson delivers the results from its research at Papagrunnur, the institute will estimate whether search for capelin should continue or whether Árni Fridriksson should focus on pearlside (Lat. Maurolicus mueller).
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