First fish of the season landed in Neskaupstaður
Margrét landing the first herring and mackerel of the year to Síldarvinnslan’s Neskaupstaður factory. Image: Síldarvinnslan/Hákon Ernuson

First fish of the season landed in Neskaupstaður

The first landing of 250 tonnes of mixed herring and mackerel of the summer season has been landed to Síldarvinnslan’s processing plant in Neskaupstaður. Pelagic vessel Margrét landed this fish…

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Scottish mackerel group demands action on sustainability
Scottish mackerel fishermen and processors have slammed Iceland, Greenland and Russia for setting unilatereral mackerel quotas

Scottish mackerel group demands action on sustainability

The Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group (SPSG) is calling for swift international action to protect the north-east Atlantic mackerel stock from what Scottish catchers and processors describe as ‘unilateral and unsustainable…

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Síldarvinnslan’s strong mackerel and herring season
Síldarvinnslan’s pelagic vessel Beitir is now searching for Icelandic summer-spawning herring. Image: Síldarvinnslan/Hákon Ernuson

Síldarvinnslan’s strong mackerel and herring season

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With both mackerel and Atlanto-Scandian herring seasons over, Síldarvinnslan’s pelagic vessel Beitir is now on the lookout for Icelandic summer-spawning herring. This year Síldarvinnslan’s fleet has quotas for 4000 tonnes…

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Healthy mackerel stock
ICES recommends a 20% increase in the mackerel TAC compared to its advice issued in May this year

Healthy mackerel stock

The publication on the 1st October of the ICES scientific advice for the 2020 North East Atlantic mackerel confirms that the stock is in good shape – making mackerel an…

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MSC says no to reinstating mackerel certificates – despite healthy stock
The MSC has declined to reinstate mackerel certification, citing lack of agreement and a lack of long-term management as the key reasons for its decision

MSC says no to reinstating mackerel certificates – despite healthy stock

The MSC has stated that it will not be reinstating certificates for North East Atlantic mackerel, even though the the latest scientific advice indicates a healthy stock. According to the…

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Flawed MSC standard, say pelagic associations
MINSA member associations state that the mackerel stock is in good condition, and the MSC certificate suspension could have been avoided

Flawed MSC standard, say pelagic associations

The Mackerel Industry Northern Sustainability Alliance (MINSA) members have issued a fact sheet and opinion on the events leading up to the suspension of MSC certification for mackerel, stating that…

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Threat of sanctions against Greenland and Iceland over mackerel policy
The chair of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee has said that sanctions could be used against Iceland and Greenland over mackerel policy

Threat of sanctions against Greenland and Iceland over mackerel policy

Reports that Iceland and Greenland have both decided to increase their quotas for this year’s mackerel fishery have sparked an angry response from the chair of the European Parliament’s Fisheries…

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Mackerel moving fast
Síldarvinnslan's pelagic vessel Börkur. Image: Síldarvinnslan

Mackerel moving fast

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Icelandic fishing company Síldarvinnslan’s Börkur landed 1200 tonnes of mackerel to the production plant this week, while the other company’s other vessels Beitir and Bjarni Ólafsson are and sea and…

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Good fishing, fine mackerel
HB Grandi's pelagic vessel Víkingur

Good fishing, fine mackerel

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HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Víkingur is in port in Vopnafjörður after completing its trip with 770 tonnes on board. According to skipper Albert Sveinsson, fishing has been mainly good over…

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Mackerel all the way to Svalbard
The mackerel ecosystem survey encountered mackerel all the way north to 78°N

Mackerel all the way to Svalbard

The mackerel ecosystem survey has been completed and scientists have located large volumes, but small amounts of juvenile mackerel in coastal waters. The six participating vessels have mapped an area…

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