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Atlantic mackerel

Order Perciformes
Family Scombridae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Body elongated, spindle-shaped, with pointed snout and wide mouth. Large eyes, surrounded by a closed bony ring. Body covered with very small scales. Bright greenish-blue back, pale green flanks and silvery belly. It can measure up to 65 cm. It weighs up to 3.3 kg.

FAO code
Scomber scombrus
Blue fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 31: the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
Fishing seasons
feb apr may jun jul aug sep oct
International denominations
Germany Makrele
France Maquereau commun
Italy Sgombro
Portugal Sarda
United Kingdom Atlantic mackerel
Japan Saba
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