Icelandic fishing says that there are now catchable quantities of mackerel in their own jurisdiction following allegations of stock shortages

Icelandic fishing says that there are now catchable quantities of mackerel in their own jurisdiction following allegations of stock shortages. Photo: Síldarvinnslan

Icelandic fishing says that there are now catchable quantities of mackerel in their own jurisdiction following allegations made that stocks were no longer congregating there.

Icelandic news outlet mbl.is has said that there has been an “increase in mackerel and Icelandic ships” and that the fleet has managed to land 6,000 tonnes from its own EEZ.

Mbl.is says, “The mackerel has moved into Icelandic jurisdiction after being at the Icelandic line in Smugunn, and several vessels have been fishing for mackerel in the jurisdiction.

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“The total catch has reached 72 thousand tons, but there are still 75 thousand tons of issued catch permits left. Although it is shorter to retrieve the fish, there are few indications that it will be possible to catch all the catch that is out there.”

In a post yesterday, Icelandic Pelagic giant, Síldarvinnslan said:

“Part of the Icelandic mackerel fleet is now fishing in Icelandic waters, the fishing has been uneven between vessels. The fish that is available is a large mackerel. In the same way, the fishing has shrunk in the strip east of the line, now it is cold and it is always more difficult to deal with the mackerel in such conditions. Let’s hope that the fish are moving more towards us. There is also fishing on the east side in the strait by the Norwegian line, but the fish are much smaller there.

“The mackerel season has gone fairly well in terms of fishing, but there has been a lot of fishing and the fishing cooperation of the ships has been a prerequisite for people to be successful. But we still need the finishing touches to reach the quota and we can say that the final sprint of the season has begun. The fishing has been spotty so far this season, there have been days with good fishing and then worse in between.”

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Icelandic boats begin fishing in own jurisdiction as mackerel moves west

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