Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)
Purse seines, Handlines and pole-lines (hand operated)
The mackerel stock in the north-east Atlantic Ocean is within biologically safe limits. The fishing pressure is currently higher than the precautionary level. This is mainly because international catch agreements are lacking.
Fishing with hand-operatedHand operated lines and pole lines:
A collective name for pole lines, jigs and troll lines. Hand lines and pole lines are used on a small scale most of the time and are relatively selective. unwanted by-catch have a high survival rate because they can be thrown back immediately. handlines and [purse seines] is very selective and therefore little bycatchBycatch:
Species caught next to species targeted for fishery. By-catches can consist of non-commercial species and species that are too small, and can be kept (this part is sometimes called by-product) or thrown back into the sea (discards). occurs. The seabed is not damaged.
The mackerel fishery is managed by size limits, catch-limits and (in the North Sea) closed fishing seasons. Discards and discarding less valuable fish (slipping and high-grading) are regulated with the European Union discard ban. However, to regulate the total mackerel catches in this area, international catch agreements must to be formulated.
Fish in season
Fish is in season when the spawning period has ended, as the quality is then at its best.