The Mackerel season is on the horizon in Iceland, where wise fishermen are saying that it will start anytime between now and the end of July. The waters surrounding the island are home to their summer feeding grounds and the Mackerel just appear without notice when they feel like it. The season is expected to last until late September, and then the Mackerel vanish as fast as they came.
Mackerel has been caught in Iceland commercially for a few years now, but in small amounts since the 40´s. The story about the migration of Mackerel is a story that will apply to countless species around the world as ocean temperatures keep rising.
Mackerel used to stay quite far away from Iceland and move to Norway in the summertime to reach slightly colder waters. Overtime, the Mackerel started to migrate further and further away from Norway, and now they come to Icelandic waters; much further Northwest.
This may be good news for Iceland since we can now supply fresh and sustainable Mackerel, but it shines a light into the dim reality of warming Oceans. Since 1996 Iceland has seen 31 new species that have migrated north including Megrims, Flounders, and Black Devil Anglerfish. Some of these new species originated quite a distance south of Iceland, but are now well into Icelandic waters.
In many places, local fishermen are seeing their historically local fish moving further and further away, until they leave their fishing zones and migrate into another zone belonging to another country.
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