Iceland mackerel fishermen face net ban

mackerelIceland’s Minister for Fisheries has decided to change the country’s new rules on mackerel fishing, banning fishing nets altogether.

Iceland’s three thousand tonne quota has been given to small and medium sized boats and can only be fished with lines, hand reels and traps, reports. The Minister, Jon Bjarnason, came to his decision after the National Union of Fishers pointed out that mackerel nets could also catch salmon as by-catch. Salmon is not allowed to be targeted by ocean fishermen around Iceland.

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