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New Markets for Icelandic Mackerel?

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Icelandic mackerel might soon be sold to Asia, according to the director of the seafood company VSV in Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands) Sigurgeir Brynjar Kristgeirsson. “We search the world for new markets. We have primarily found them in Southeast Asia and sold mackerel to China and elsewhere,” he told Morgunblaðið yesterday.

Mackerel processing began at VSV’s plant on Saturday. The boat Kap VE was the first to bring in its catch, a total of 200 tons.

Earlier this month it was reported that due to a cooler than normal ocean temperature in Iceland’s waters, the number of krill was below average and no mackerel were caught during the Icelandic Marine Research Institute’s annual spring expedition from May 18 to 30.

Last month was the coldest May in decades. Guðmundur J. Óskarsson, one of the institution’s specialists, who took part in the expedition, told Fréttablaðið at the time that the ocean temperature could rise quickly if the air temperature rose substantially.

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