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Mackerel stocks 'in good health' say Scottish fishing leaders

October 8th, 2013 by BBC 0 comments

BBC News

Newly-released scientific evidence shows mackerel stocks in the north east Atlantic are in "good health", Scottish fishing leaders have said.

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea has recommended an increase in quotas of more than 60% for 2014.

The Scottish Pelagic Fishermen's Association (SPFA) welcomed the news.

Scientists said analysis had been hampered by the wrangle with Iceland and the Faroe Islands over quotas.

SPFA chief executive Ian Gatt said: "The scientific advice confirms what Scottish fishermen have repeatedly been saying, that the stock remains in good health and that consumers can continue to eat Scottish mackerel safe in the knowledge that the fish are abundant in the sea and being sustainably caught by our fishermen."

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