Demand from Japan boosts Scottish mackerel

A long term management strategy has been signed to support the long-term future of North East Atlantic Mackerel stock

Sales of Scottish mackerel to Japan have grown by more than a thousand per cent in the past three years

According to figures obtained by the Scottish Pelagic Processors Association, export sales of frozen whole Scottish mackerel to Japan have soared from 1,074 tonnes in 2020 to 15,316 tonnes in 2023, with a value of around £25m.

Processors across Scotland and Shetland are investing in a range of improvements to help meet the growing demand

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