First mackerel of the season
Huginn VE-55 landed 220 tonnes of mackerel, kicking off this year’s mackerel season

First mackerel of the season

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Icelandic pelagic vessel Huginn VE-55 this week landed the first mackerel of the season to Vinnslustöðin (VSV) in the Westman Islands. ‘The fish is fine, although there’s some feed in…

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Cleopatra mackerel hunter delivered to Shetland
Endeavour LK-11 is the first Cleopatra 32 to be fitted out for fishing. Image: Trefjar

Cleopatra mackerel hunter delivered to Shetland

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A new Cleopatra 32 has been delivered to Jimmy Hutchinson and his two sons in Whalsay. The 9.6gt Endeavour LK-11 is the first of its kind, built on a hull…

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Minister asks MSC to reconsider mackerel suspension
Norway’s Minister of Fisheries has asked the Marine Stewardship Council to re-assess mackerel certification

Minister asks MSC to reconsider mackerel suspension

‘In light of the revised ICES advice, I believe that the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) must reconsider the suspension of the MSC Atlantic mackerel certification,’ said Norwegian Fisheries Minister Harald…

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ICES mackerel advice doubled

ICES has reviewed its advice for the 2019 mackerel fishery and doubled its recommendation for the overall catch

ICES mackerel advice doubled


ICES has revised its advice for the mackerel fishery, with a figure more than double its original advice. In the light of its findings, the ICES recommendation goes from 318,000…

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Disappointment over MSC mackerel suspension

A grouping of northern European mackerel fishing organisations has expressed disappointment that Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of the North East Atlantic mackerel fishery will be suspended at the beginning of March but is hopeful that certification will soon be reinstated once a more detailed scientific evaluation of the stock is completed.

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Scottish fury at EU-Faroe mackerel deal

The reciprocal access agreement struck between the EU and the Faroe Islands hasn’t been universally welcomed, and Scottish fishermen’s organisations are furious at the outcome that allows the Faroese fleet to catch a third of its mackerel quota in EU waters.

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Agreement on mackerel for 2019

After five previous rounds of negotiation, the EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands have agreed on a division of mackerel quotas for 2019, with a 20% reduction in catches compared to the 2018 level. Previous negotiations also included Russia, Iceland and Greenland, but no agreement was reached on the quota split between individual states.

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Changing times for Iceland’s mackerel fishery

This year’s mackerel season has been different to previous years, and for east coast company Síldarvinnslan the season began with a landing on the 19th of July, and fishing has been patchy at intervals, with much of the activity in international waters.

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