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Fish but No Chips: Small Fishing Vessels Total 150

The number of small fishing boats in Iceland currently totals 150 with the top three in terms of catch volume in 2012 originating from the fjord Ísafjarðardjúp in the West Fjords, as reported by Bæjarins Besta.


Einar Hálfdáns, the small fishing vessel with the second highest catch in 2012. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

The small vessel with the highest catch originates from the town of Ísafjörður and the second and third from Bolungarvík.

Out of the 150 small fishing boats, nine caught more than 1,000 tons.

The record holder for 2012 was Sirrý ÍS with 1,561 tons of fish in 287 days at sea, an average of 5.4 tons per day. The vessel set a record for fish caught by a small boat in Iceland in one month when it took in 219 tons in May.

Einar Hálfdáns from Bolungarvík came in second with 1,443 tons in 291 days at sea. Fríða Dagmar ÍS, also from Bolungarvík, was the vessel with the third highest catch, a brand new boat bought in March 2012, with 1,393 tons, or 5.9 tons per day.

According to Fiskmarkaður Íslands hf. (FMIS), Iceland’s biggest fish market, the price fishermen get for each kilo of cod sold is ISK 352 (USD 2.72, EUR 2) today.

At today’s prices (ISK 352,000 per ton), record holder Sirrý ÍS brought in more than ISK 500 million (USD 3.9 million, EUR 2.9 million) in revenue in 2012.


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