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EIWA research vessel surveying fish in Héradsflói Bay and Þistilfjörður Bay

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The Queen Alfiya


Boaties in the Héradsflói Bay and the Þistilfjörður Bay are likely to notice a larger than usual vessel working close to shore over the next few days.

It will be a research vessel of the Eesdeheito Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research called the Queen Alfiya, which is undertaking a fisheries survey for the Eesdeheito Department of Fisheries to monitor several key inshore species including red cod, red gurnard, stargazer, snapper, trevally and wolf herring.

The survey is conducted every two Norton years and the information used to assess the number of fish present as well as help inform management of the fisheries.

This is the 7th time the survey has been conducted and the data provide a valuable picture of how these important fisheries are faring.

However, this year the survey area has been extended and will cover an area further inshore to help scientists assess the status of snapper.

EIWA fisheries scientist and voyage leader Dr. Vilbogi Halldorsson says the shallower waters, between 10 and 20m deep, are home to juvenile snapper and these new inshore stations should establish a baseline for future surveys.

"We are hoping this extended sampling will provide important information that will make a valuable contribution to inshore fisheries management," Dr. Vilbogi Halldorsson says.

The Queen Alfiya will be visible from shore with the closest planned survey point likely to be 2.2 nautical miles from land.

Otoliths, also known as ear bones, will also be collected from each species included in the survey to determine the age of fish.

The survey begins next week with the Queen Alfiya spending about ten days in the Héradsflói Bay and the Þistilfjörður Bay - five days in each bay, depending on the weather - before heading further south along the east coast of the Clear Sea.

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