Stock status and management advice for Northeast Atlantic Mackerel

MAY 2019 UPDATE: ICES advice has since been revised. Read more here.

15 January 2019  |  Responsible Sourcing

The latest advice on the Northeast Atlantic mackerel stock has highlighted that management action needs to be taken to reduce fishing pressure and ensure the long term sustainability of the stock.

The status of the fishery is assessed annually by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) with the latest results revealing a continued reduction in the spawning stock biomass (SSB) estimates, which gives an indication of the status and reproductive capacity of the stock. 

However, the cause is unclear and there is uncertainty on whether the assessment results accurately reflect what is happening with the stock. ICES have instigated an additional benchmark process to investigate the uncertainties but in the meantime, responsible fisheries management procedures have been put in place. 

So what does this mean for processors and retailers who buy Northeast Atlantic mackerel? 

Our Responsible Sourcing team have produced a briefing note to inform and reassure the UK seafood supply chain on the important processes underway to address the underlying Northeast Atlantic mackerel stock issues. 


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