Mackerel

Scientific name: Scomber scombrus
Market name: Atlantic Mackerel

A superb fish, great value and readily available. Ranging in market size from 200-800g, Mackerel has a bullet shaped body with silvery-blue skin, dark wavy stripes, numerous finlets on the dorsal and ventral sides behind the dorsal and anal fins. The scales are extremely small.

Mackerel are found off all British coasts, in the Mediterranean Sea, and on the American side of the north Atlantic. They are extremely common, migrating in huge shoals towards the coast to feed on small fish and prawns during the summer. Feeding ceases when the mackerel return to deeper water during the winter.

The females are mature at 2/3 years old, which equates to a size of approximately 34cm. Between 200/450,000 eggs are laid by each female fish in each spawning season. At spawning time, the eggs and sperm are released into the sea.

One of the richest sources of Omega 3, Mackerel has greyish flesh with a rich flavour.

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Omega 3

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Global supply

World map showing waters where Mackerel is found.