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Mackerel is widely distributed in the Northeast Atlantic and plays an important role in the ecosystem, both as predator and prey. It feeds on zooplankton as well as larval and juvenile stages of small fish and molluscs. In turn it provides food for whales and larger fish.  

Along with herring and blue whiting, mackerel is one of three important midwater species targeted by the Faroese Pelagic Organisation (FPO), who share their certificate with Felagið Ídnaðarskip (FIV). 11 boats and around 300 fishers in total fish with pelagic trawl and some purse seine nets. The catch is stored in refrigerated seawater on board before it’s processed for sale to Denmark, France, Poland, Russia and Romania.

Mackerel fishing in the Atlantic has faced difficulties in recent years, with changing migration patterns for the fish and quotas issues between fishing nations. In 2014, the EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands agreed a new tripartite agreement for 2014-2018. This sets a clear framework for sustainable mackerel fishing and cooperation between the states. The next milestone in this dialogue is to agree long-term quota allocations for Iceland and other countries. 

Mackerel (Scomber scombrus) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book