Source: BBC Science and Environment
Disputes between Iceland and Scotland about the fishing quota of mackerel have led the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to take it off the “fish to eat” list.
In recent years, mackerel stocks have migrated toward Iceland and the Faroe Isles and away from the northeast Atlantic, where they were primarily found before. Although officials from Iceland state that they have worked for a while to reach an international agreement and that their fishing practices are “generally recognized as sustainable and responsible," Bertie Armstrong of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation called their practices a “mugging job.”
The impasse has led to the MCS’s decision to take mackerel off its recommended fish list and instead recommend eating herring or sardines.
Fisheries officer Bernadette Clarke stated, "At the moment, the stock biomass [of mackerel] according to the scientific data is above the levels that is recommended, however the number of fish being removed is above the target and too high."
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