Brimnes RE 27
Built: Norway 2003
Brt. 2880 Length 70,10 Width 14,60
Captains: Pall Runarsson
Tel bridge: 851 2290
Tel crew/engine: 851 2291/ 92
Gudmundur í Nesi RE 13
Built: Norway 2000
Brt. 2464 Length 66.0 Width 14.0 Depth 8.67
Captains: Kristjan Gudmunsson / Thorgrimur Joel Thordarson
Telephone: 843 4251/843 4250
Kleifaberg RE 70
Built: Poland 1974
Brt. 893.3 Length 69.57 Width 11.3 Depth 7.3
Captains: Vidir Jonsson / Árni Gunnólfsson
Tel: 852-1041 /851-2250
Vigri RE 71
Vigri RE 71
Built: Norway 1992
Gross 2157 Length 59,4 Width 13 Depth 8,5
Captains: Sigurbjörn Kristjánsson / Eyþór A Scott
TEL: 517 0311
Our main species
Sebastes marinus (norvegicus)
These huge individuals are often called centennial redfishes as they are probably very old. It is however possible that these very large redfishes belong to a different stock, or even species, than the common golden redfish.
Spawning time is similar as with golden redfish but the deepsea redfish has more larvae, or from 40,000 to 400,000. The main food is also zooplankton, mostly krill. It is benthopelagic as the golden redfish but differs as there seem to be two stock components; one is along the continental shelf break but the other below 500 m depth in the open ocean, living apparently a pure pelagic lifestyle.
It has a streamlined shape and is consequently a very good swimmer. It can swim rapidly all over the Icelandic continental shelf and individuals tagged in Icelandic waters have several times been fished along mainland Europe. Fishes tagged in Europe have also been fished in Icelandic waters. The saithe is native to European waters from Murmansk in the north to the English Channel in the south. It is also found around the Faroe Islands, in Greenlandic waters and from Labrador to Cape Cod in North America.
Mostly it occurs over soft bottoms at depths between 10 and 200 m. It is found in European waters from Spitsbergen and the White Sea in the north to the Bay of Biscay in the south. It also occurs around the Faroe Islands, in southern Greenlandic waters and from Labrador to Cape Cod in North America.
Cod is “the fish” in Iceland. It is by far the most important marine resource in Icelandic waters. Its economic importance has only briefly been surpassed by herring in the 20th century and possibly Greenland shark in the 19th. The cod is also a large, fecund, greedy and rather fast growing fish and therefore has great impact on other marine species in Icelandic waters.
The history of fisheries around Iceland has more or less rotated around the cod. Measures to manage the fisheries by extending the EEZ, closing areas to fishing and controlling the fleet size and the amount fished, have all been primarily aimed at the cod but only later also been applied to other species. The evolution of the fish processing industry has also primarily been because of the cod. The cod fisheries have, therefore, shaped Icelandic society for centuries. The only species that approaches the cod in historical importance has been the herring, but then only during the late 19th and early to mid 20th century.