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DNA Analysis Could Impact Mackerel Dispute

DNA samples from mackerel caught in Icelandic waters and other territories are now being analyzed by the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) to determine the origin of the species. The results could have an impact on Iceland’s mackerel dispute with Norway and the EU.


Fishing in Iceland. Photo by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.

It has been claimed that the mackerel caught to the west of the country is of a different stock than the joint European stock, which is the subject of the dispute. If that is the case, Iceland would not be obligated to negotiate on a mackerel quota with other nations, as fishing vessel operator Guðmundur Kristjánsson told Morgunblaðið.

According to Anna Kristín Daníelsdóttir, divisional manager at MAST, the analysis will soon deliver results. “We have obtained samples from Canada, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Norway.”

“The mackerel has never been studied like this before—our analysis of the genetic fingerprint is progressing nicely. Now we can determine whether the mackerel to the west of the country is different from the mackerel in the south and east,” she added.

Click here to read more about the mackerel dispute.


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