Capelin fishing off Iceland “going extremely well”

Fishing for capelin in Icelandic waters has been going exceptionally well in recent days. Many huge shoals of the small fish were being fished from off the Reykjanes peninsula at the weekend.

The manager of the Síldarvinnslan plant in Neskaupstaður says the industry is very positive about the outlook for capelin fishing and that only the weather gods can stand in the way.

According to information from the Directorate of Fisheries, some 383,000 tonnes of capelin have been caught so far this winter, from a total quota of 590,000 tonnes. The best fishing ground has been off the Reykjanes peninsula, where many boats are currently fishing, RÚV reported.

It is hoped the capelin fishing season will continue until the 10th March and that 400,000 tonnes will be caught before the winter season ends. Capelin are only caught off Iceland in the winter.