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Winter’s First Capelin Found North of Iceland

The first capelin this winter was caught off Iceland’s northernmost island Kolbeinsey by multi-fishing vessel Thorsteinn ThH-360 on Friday. There is currently foul weather in that area, so the number of capelin cannot be estimated yet.

“The fish is all right, but not particularly large as is usually the case at the beginning of the season,” captain of Thorsteinn ThH-360 Finnbogi Bödvarsson, told Fréttabladid.

Bödvarsson said they had caught about 100 tons of capelin after only a short time of fishing. “It was fine considering the weather conditions, and enough to begin capelin processing.”

Three other capelin ships have followed Thorsteinn ThH-360’s example and a ship from the Marine Research Institute will join them this week.

About one year ago, the Institute worried about the situation of the capelin stock and launched a “desperate search” for the fish.

Last October, the Ministry of Fisheries issued a preliminary quota for capelin of 205,000 tons, out of which Icelandic ships have the right to fish 120,000 tons. Their total catch in 2007 was 308,000 tons.

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