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Horse mackerel

Order Perciformes
Family Carangidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Fusiform, elongated and little compressed body. Heavy head with pointed snout. Extremely protactile mouth. Adipose eyelid. 2 separate dorsal fins. Greenish-gray or bluish-gray back, silver flanks and white belly; black spot on the edge of the operculum.

FAO code
Trachurus trachurus
Blue fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
  • Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 51: the Western part of the Indian Ocean
  • Area 61: the Northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 71: the Western Central part of the Pacific Ocean
Fishing seasons
apr may jun jul aug sep oct
International denominations
Germany Stöcker
France Saurel
Italy Suro o Sugarello
Portugal Chicharro
United Kingdom Horse mackerel
Japan Maaji
Fishing areas
Fishing arts
Purse seines

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