At least 38 Icelandic fishing vessels caught more than ISK 1 billion (USD 8.6 million, EUR 6.5 million) worth of fish each in 2010, which is a new record. For comparison, in 2009, 28 ships reached this goal.
An Icelandic trawler. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
According to Fiskifréttir, a supplement of Vidskiptabladid business weekly, seven ships caught fish worth more than ISK 2 billion last year and one ship, Vilhelm Thorsteinsson EA, even surpassed the ISK 3 billion goal.
A total of 11 vessels involved in pelagic fishing boasted a catch worth more than ISK 1 billion in 2010, almost twice as many as the year prior.
It is considered especially notable that Börkur NK, which doesn’t process its catch onboard, fished for ISK 1.9 billion. Furthermore, three wet-fish trawlers surpassed the ISK 1 billion limit.