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Icelandic fishermen increase operations in Africa

The operations of Icelandic fishing companies in Africa are increasing; Sjólaskip runs seven fishing vessels off the coast of West Africa, which will be accompanied by the flagship of the Icelandic fleet this summer.

Magnús Gudmundsson was recently hired as captain of the Engey RE-1, the largest ship in the fleet, run by a subsidiary of Samherji. He has fished off Africa’s coast for nine years, Fréttabladid reports.

“It is good to fish there; always nice weather and no frost,” Gudmundsson said.

The captain explained the fishing vessels are in fact floating factories, which only go to harbor every other year. The catch is brought to land with a transport vessel and the crew is rotated after a few months.

The Icelandic ships fish mackerel and sardines and other species off the coast of Morocco and Mauritiana. Sjólaskip has a quota of 80,000 tons, but Engey has not been issued any quota permits yet.

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