Origin: USA/Canada: FAO21 – Europe: FAO27
Available as: Mackerel W/R HGT and Mackerel Flaps
The Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus), is a pelagic schooling species of mackerel found on both sides of the North Atlantic Ocean. In the US, the specie is also called Boston Mackerel.
Abundant in cold and temperate shelf areas, it forms large schools near the surface. They overwinter in deeper waters but move closer to shore in spring when water temperatures range between 11â€“14 Â°C (52â€“57 Â°F).
Fished from Canada to North Carolina the majority of U.S. caught mackerel is harvested from Maine to NJ. Atlantic Mackerel is typically fished using purse seines or trawl nets.
On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the specie is mainly caught in Scandinavia, Ireland and British waters.
In USA the fishing season is from January through April. Canada is usually fishing from September through November. Scandinavia is fishing from August to November and from January to February Ireland is fishing in February-March and October-November.
Mostly available in whole round the fish is also cut in Canada or Europe into butterfly fillets or sold as H&G. Block Frozen usually frozen at land. Packing is customizable and comes in Kg
Atlantic Mackerel is a wild caught fish. It has a light white meat with a mild taste and soft texture. Its high oil content make it great for smoking, canning & salting.