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Mackerel more Dispersed than ever

Research conducted by Iceland’s Marine Research Institute and affiliated institutes confirms that massive amounts of mackerel are to be found within the Icelandic fishing jurisdiction, visir.is reports.


Icelandic Fishing Boats. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Mackerel is much more dispersed than before, and now spreads further west. These are the results of an ecological research expedition conducted around Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Norway last July and August. The research ship Árni Fridriksson participated in the expedition, along with one Faroese and two Norwegian ships. The goal was to research ecology and the environment, as well as to map the dispersing and the quantity of mackerel, herring and blue whiting in the aforementioned areas.

The quantity of mackerel in the research area is estimated to be four to five million tons, of which approximately 650 thousand tons are to be found within the Icelandic jurisdiction.

Click here to read more about Iceland’s mackerel fishing.

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