Hastings fleet pelagic mackerel
Certified as sustainable in September 2005 and expired in November 2011.
Species: mackerel (Scomber scombrus)
Location: Within the Eastern English Channel, specifically between Beachy Head and Dungeness, and offshore to the six mile limit
Fishing methods: Drift net
Vessels: Fishing is undertaken by boats under 10 metres stade-launched from the beach at Hastings. Fishing for mackerel is at a relatively low level (around three to five vessels only)
Number of fisheries: 1
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More about mackerel
The north-east Atlantic Mackerel is a pelagic fish spending most of its time in mid-water travelling in large dense shoals often at great speed and making very long migrations.
More about the fishing methods
The Hastings-based fleet uses a number of different gear types but the gear covered by this certification is the drift net. The mackerel drift nets used are monofilament drift nets of 55 mm (2”). These are usually set around 4 metres below the surface, with a total net depth of around 10 metres.