Hello, herring – mackerel season over
This year’s mackerel season has come to an end for Westman Islands processor VSV. Image: VSV/Hreinn Magnússon

Hello, herring – mackerel season over

Westman Islands fishing company Vinnslustöðin (VSV) has received its first landings of herring this autumn, and the mackerel season has come to an close. The Icelandic herring season has been…

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Strong mackerel season in progress
Síldarvinnslan has taken landings of more than 21,000 tonnes of mackerel so far this season. Image: Síldarvinnslan

Strong mackerel season in progress

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Síldarvinnslan in eastern Iceland has taken landings of 21,300 tonnes of mackerel so far this season. According to the Neskaupstaður factory’s production manager Jón Gunnar Sigurjónsson, the season has gone…

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Iceland’s mackerel season takes off
Síldarvinnslan’s Mackerel production is in full swing. Image: Síldarvinnslan/Hákon Ernuson

Iceland’s mackerel season takes off

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Fishing for mackerel has improved in the last few days and Síldarvinnslan’s Neskaupstaður factory is buzzing with activity. So far the season has seen mainly larger for of 500+ grammes…

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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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