Síldarvinnslan’s trawler Gullver had its best month ever in May this year. Image: Síldarvinnslan

While the two smaller trawlers operated by Síldarvinnslan subsidiary Bergur-Huginn, Vestmannaey and Bergey, headed for fishing grounds off the west of Iceland following the Seamen’s Day layover at the beginning of June, veteran trawler Gullver has stayed on east coast grounds.

Gullver landed a 107 tonne trip at the weekend after four days at sea, docking in Seyðisfjörður with a fishroom stacked with a mix of saithe, cod, golden redfish and deep redfish. According to skipper Rúnar L. Gunnarsson, they are satisfied with catch rates and hope they remain unchanged.

Bergur-Huginn trawler Vestmannaey. Image: Síldarvinnslan

Last month was a record for Gullver and its crew, as they landed seven times during the month to deliver 770 tonnes with a catch value of ISK175 million. Gullver has three more trips to go before heading for a trip to the dry dock at the end of the month.

Vestmannaey and Bergey are away from their usual fishing grounds, concentrating on fishing for cod off the Westfjords, with Vestmannaey landing in Dalvík and Bergey in Grundarfjörður before heading out again right away to search for the cod and haddock they need to focus on for the rest of this quota year. Both have since landed full trips in the Westman Islands.