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Mackerel fishery now in full swing

It was a slow start to the year for the Scottish mackerel fleet, with stormy weather curtailing their operations.

But in the last week or so, conditions have improved, and the fleet is currently working at full swing, with boats following the migratory pattern of mackerel, and now working off the Butt of Lewis.

The shoals are plentiful, with the mackerel caught being a good size and of excellent quality. The delayed beginning to the fishery means it is anticipated that the season will continue well into February.