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Chub mackerel

Order Perciformes
Family Scombridae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Elongated, rounded body; fatty eyelid covering nearly all of eye; teeth at front and sides of roof of mouth; 2 well separated dorsal fins; distance between the 2 dorsals less than length of base of first dorsal fin; 5 finlets after second dorsal and anal fins; pectoral fins high; tail deeply forked; two small keels on each side of the slender tail base; lateral line simple; entire body covered with small scales. Silver; back with blackish, oblique wavy lines; no spotted lines on belly. Size: attains 64 cm.

Characteristics
FAO code
MAS
Specie
Scomber japonicus
Type
Blue fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 51: the Western part of the Indian Ocean
  • Area 57: the Eastern part of the Indian Ocean
  • Area 61: the Northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 67: the Northeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 71: the Western Central part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 77: the Eastern Central part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 81: the Southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 87: the Southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
Fishing seasons
apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov
International denominations
Germany Spanische Makrele
France Maquereau espagnol
Italy Sgombro cavallo
Portugal Cavala
United Kingdom Chub mackerel
Japan Masaba
Fishing areas
Fishing arts
Hooks
Trawls
Purse seines
Gillnets

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