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Greenland Permitted to Land Mackerel in Iceland

Icelandic authorities have now given Greenlandic fisheries companies permission to unload their mackerel catch from Greenlandic waters in Iceland, lifting a temporary ban. Greenland’s Minister of Fisheries Ane Hansen welcomes the decision.


Fishing in Iceland. Archive photo by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.

Greenland has a quota of 10,000 tons of mackerel. Local fisheries companies Royal Greenland and Polar Seafood have had to rent fishing vessels from China and Chile to catch mackerel off East Greenland after Iceland proved reluctant to assist them, reports.

Hansen said experimental fishing of mackerel is planned for at least three seasons to prepare Greenland for independent mackerel fishing.

With climate change and rising ocean temperatures, new fish species have increased in Greenlandic waters, including mackerel, herring and blue whiting, according to the latest reports of marine biologists.

Specialists say this opens up new business opportunities for Greenland but it is important to organize fishing properly in collaboration between fishermen, fisheries companies, biologists and politicians.

Click here to read more about the mackerel dispute.


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