The summer herring fishery in the North Sea is gathering momentum, with skippers reporting a good spread of marks across a wide area, reports David Linkie.

Above: Wiron 5 and Wiron 6 landing frozen-at-sea and fresh herring to Northbay Pelagic at Peterhead last week.

The Fraserburgh midwater trawler Chris Andra approaches Peterhead before landing herring to Denholm Seafoods.

With good fishing just a few hours from harbour, a succession of midwater trawlers landed MSC-accredited herring into Peterhead last week, for processing by Northbay Pelagic, Denholms Seafoods and Lunar.

The relatively close proximity of the fish to port enabled skippers to complete short trips when landing top-quality fish in line with market requirements.

The newly-painted Quantus pumping herring ashore to the Northbay Pelagic processing factory.

The Interfish trawlers Wiron 5 PH 1100 and Wiron 6 PH 2200 were among the boats that landed herring into Peterhead last week, when the three Fraserburgh pelagic boats, Chris Andra, Challenge and Taits II, together with the local boats Pathway and Quantus also contributed to consistent levels of activity.

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