The Horse Mackerel gets its common name from the legend that other smaller species of fish can ride on the back of it over great distances. Other names include common scad, maasbancker, pollock, scad, saurel, rough scad. It congregates in large schools in coastal waters, where it feeds on crustaceans, squid and other fish. This mackerel is edible and can be smoked, fried, salted and baked etc.
Horse mackerel may live to be more than 20 years old, with a length of up to 60 cm and weighting up to 1.5 kg.
This fish feeds in the Norwegian Sea and the North Sea, while it mainly matures in the North Sea and west of the British Isles.
Research shows thats a strong year class of horse mackerel will be needed in the coming years to avoid dropping below the biological limit of 500.000 tonnes, which would halt fishing.
All our Mackerel is brought ashore by fishing vessels using RSW-technology.
Skude Fryseri AS - Horse Mackerel Photos