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Mackerel DNA

This article was originally published in Foodnews

ICELANDIC scientists are using DNA testing to establish which stocks landed mackerel are from, Iceland Review reports. Iceland and the Faroe Islands have allocated themselves significantly higher catch quotas than the EU and Norwegian fisheries are willing to accept, which has led to a long-running dispute. Now, researchers at the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) are testing the fish to determine their origin. It is suggested that the fish may come from a different stock to those fished by the rest of Europe, which would mean that Iceland was not required to negotiate catches with the other fisheries. It is the first time this method has been used on mackerel.



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