Mackerel have been discovered in significant numbers in Icelandic waters after a two-year absence. A research expedition has noted the presence of mackerel shoals off the east, south, and west of Iceland in the greatest numbers since 2019, as reported by ruv.is.
The marine research institute vessel Árni Friðriksson has recently completed its participation in the summertime pelagic survey of northern waters. The expedition lasted from 4th to 21st July was joined by vessels from Norway, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Denmark. The mackerel stock in Icelandic waters was found to be much bigger than in the summers of 2020 and 2021.
The ocean surface temperature was found to be similar to last summer and slightly warmer than in 2020.