EUR 2 million mackerel catch in two days

The Scottish pelagic trawler Altaire yesterday sold a catch of 2,000 tonnes to Norway Pelagic mackerel. Paid around NOK 10,000 (EUR 1,060) per tonne, the total value of the fish was approximately EUR 2.1 million.

The Altaire is just one of six Scottish vessels that have reported their catches for landing in Norway during the last 24 hours. Overall, the Scottish vessels reported 6,685 tonnes of mackerel for sale trough the Norwegian first hand pelagic fishermen’s sales organisation Norges Sildesalgslag.

Apart from the Altaire’s catch, the largest Norwegian pelagic processor Norway Pelagic will receive a catch of 1,200 tonnes caught by the Adenia, another pelagic trawler from Scotland.

The fish from both vessels was to be landed at the company’s plant in Selje, on the Norwegian west coast. This plant has the capacity to freeze 500 tonnes per 24 hours.

Part of the catch will possibly be redirected to a plant in Måløy, which can freeze up of 600 tonnes a day. This plant is also expecting a catch of 650 tonnes of herring.

With the exception of the catch sold the vessel Taits, all the large catches of Scottish mackerel were landed without selling them trough the auction system, but trough a fixed contract with Norwegian buyers.

So far this year, the Scottish pelagic trawlers have landed 21,252 tonnes of mackerel in Norway worth roughly EUR 20 million.