Record mackerel landing for UK –

Record mackerel landing for UK Published:  27 January, 2007

THE FORMER Shetland owned pelagic trawler Altaire yesterday landed a haul of 2,000 tonnes of mackerel, believed to be the largest ever such landing anywhere in the UK.

The Altaire,now owned by a Dutch company, came into Lerwick harbour

yesterday afternoon and started landing at Shetland Catch at around 8pm,last night.Shetland Catch managing director Simon Leiper said he was delighted to attract such a big catch. He added that Shetland Catch had been successful so far this season in attracting a steady stream of vessels.”The market for mackerel is at a fairly healthy level at the moment, particularly the European market.Local and Scottish boats have still some quota left, he said, adding his hope that a landings stream would continue next month when the Irish fleet starts to land.On Thursday night, into Friday, the Fraserburgh vessel Enterprise landed 1,100 tonnes of mackerel. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.