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New Kind of Fish Found in Iceland’s Waters

The biosphere in the ocean around Iceland has changed considerably in the past few years because of rising temperatures. New species of fish have become common is Icelandic waters, including mackerel.

Earlier mackerel was only caught once in a while and was considered to have drifted to Iceland by coincidence. However, for the past few years the number of mackerel caught has increased tenfold meaning the fish can now be used for commercial fishing, Morgunbladid reports.

According to Ólafur S. Ástthórsson, assistant director of the Icelandic Marine Research Institute, a warming period in Icelandic waters began in 1996 causing fish that usually live further south to migrate north.

Ástthórsson said some of these changes in the ocean biosphere around Iceland are permanent. For example, he expects capelin, which Icelanders have fished for decades, to continue to migrate north until it will vacate Icelandic waters completely.

Monkfish is another species that has become more common in Icelandic waters in the past few years, which was rarely caught by local fishermen 20 years ago. Haddock can now be caught all around the country, instead of only south and west of the Icelandic coast.

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