Iceland’s mackerel fishery gains MSC certification
Mackerel (Scomber scombrus) is the most recent newcomer to Icelandic coastal waters. It made its home there in the beginning of the 21st century and has since flourished.
The MSC certificate covers mackerel caught using pelagic trawls, purse seine nets, handlines and bottom trawls and the Icelandic certificate includes a commitment to work towards an internationally-agreed mackerel management plan.
Mackerel has, over the last decades, increased in popularity and the value of the catch has risen accordingly.
Icelandic catches of mackerel in 2016 were 170, 516 tonnes. About 90% of these catches were taken inside the Icelandic EEZ, almost 7% in international waters, and 4% inside the Greenland EEZ. ■