Fleet chases other species in wake of short mackerel season Published: 03 February, 2006
PELAGIC fishermen are diversifying following the effective end of the winter mackerel fishery for the bulk of the fleet.
Vessels have obtained licences for fishing Atlanto-Scandian herring in Norwegian waters for example and are landing into the Norwegian market.
Derek Duthie, administrator of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermens Association, said the fleet was diverting onto what was available following the brief mackerel season.
The fleet has access to fish in Norwegian waters for Atlanto-Scandian herring and four vessels have already headed North to land into the Norwegian market.This tme round they can fish their full allocations there.
Meanwhile while the mackerel season had been short, it had represented a good start to the year in economic terms and there was no suggestion that there would not be an autumn mackerel fishery to look forward to.
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