|Macerel - Scomber scombrus - Illustration: Jón Baldur Hlíðberg|
|Frozen products. Graded whole and H/G.|
Mackerel was a rare visitor to Iceland during the twentieth century when it was seen in shoals off the coast and fished occasionally. Rising sea temperatures have resulted in increasing volumes of mackerel being found in Icelandic waters and it has only been during the first years of the 21st century that we have seen mackerel in serious amounts.
Westmann Islands fishermen were among the first to start catching and processing mackerel, including with fish frozen at sea for human consumption. This formerly migratory species has become an important commercial species for Iceland and a welcome bonus for the industry, the processing sector and the economy as a whole.
Mackerel are widely dispersed in Icelandic waters. According to joint research carried out between Iceland, Norway and the Faroe Islands, its 2011 distribution was similar to that of 2010. Largest amounts of mackerel are found off the west coast and the southern part of the Westfjords.
Íslenskir fiskar by Gunnar Jónsson,
Fiskar og fiskveiðar by Bent J. Muus and Preben Dahlström,
Almenna bókafélagið 1968, and others.