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Mackerel Fishing Popular at Icelandic Piers

A number of people of all ages went fishing for mackerel by the piers in Kópavogur and Keflavík harbor in southwest Iceland last weekend. According to the employees of the Kópavogur harbor, the fish was first noticed on Thursday and the word spread quickly.

Fishing for a different type of fish at the harbor in Grímsey. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The mackerel fishing was successful; according to Víkurfréttir online, the local newspaper in Keflavík, anglers had three to five hooks on the line and caught fish on them all.

Some people were carrying large buckets, or even tubs, filled with mackerel. One fisherman was spotted driving away with approximately 600 fish in his trunk.

It is rather uncommon for mackerel to enter Iceland’s harbor areas, although one year ago a large school of mackerel entered the harbor in Ólafsvík, west Iceland, Morgunbladid reports.

Just like last weekend, townspeople were quick to take advantage of the rare opportunity and brought their fishing rods to the harbor.

It appears as if mackerel is becoming more common in Icelandic waters and Icelandic fishing authorities have been in a row over quota with neighboring countries.

Click here to read more about mackerel fishing in Iceland and here to read more about the quota row.

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