|Scampi (Langoustine) - Nephrops norvegicus - Illustration: Jón Baldur Hlíðberg|
Frozen products. Whole and tails.
Scampi is the most valuable seafood product exported from Iceland Scampi, which is the only scampi species found off Iceland, is caught almost exclusively with scampi trawl nets. Trap fishing was also used for a time, but it proved not to be efficient enough. VSV has experimented with trap fishing for the purpose of making it more efficient.
Scampi catching and processing is a relatively new branch of the Icelandic fisheries industry. The first official catch reports for scampi are from 1958, but Icelanders’ first attempts at scampi fisheries began in 1939 off the Westman Islands.
Scampi is found in warm seas off the southern coast, from Lónsdýpi out from Hornafjördur in East Iceland and westwards along the coast. Icelandic scampi is usually bigger than scampi of the same type found elsewhere in the North Atlantic, and Icelandic scampi is likewise unique in that it spawns every other year. Under governmental rules scampi fisheries are allowed from mid-March to the end of November. One of the main fishing areas is off the Westman Islands, and closeness to the fishing grounds makes it possible for VSV to keep the raw material as fresh as possible from catching to processing.
Scampi is sold for export whole-frozen or tails frozen in the shell. VSV’s buyers of whole scampi are mainly in Southern Europe. The great majority of VSV’s scampi catches is in the biggest size categories and therefore fits in well with-Spanish tastes. VSV sells scampi tails to North America.