Traceable Species

Atlantic Mackerel

Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Boston Mackerel, Saba (sushi), Caballa

Atlantic Mackerel

Atlantic mackerel was a popular fish during colonial times, but today is more popular in Europe because of its oily, rich flavour. This mackerel can be identified by its whimsical colours and patterns: an iridescent blue-green and wavy black bars accent its back. Unfortunately, this colouring fades quickly after being caught. They grow up to 16.5 inches (about 42 cm) and 2.2 pounds (1 kg). In North America, they range from North Carolina to Newfoundland, and can also be found throughout Europe.

Atlantic mackerel have distinctive colouring and a slender, streamlined, spindle-shaped body that narrows considerably towards their tail, which is strongly forked. Mackerel is considered one of the more healthful fish because it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Its strong, rich flavour and high oil content make it perfect for a beach barbeque.

Atlantic Mackerel

Atlantic Mackerel can live to the age of 20 years old and are able to reproduce by the time they reach age two to three. There are two major spawning groups of Atlantic mackerel in the western Atlantic: a southern group spawns primarily in the Mid-Atlantic Bight from April to May, and a northern group spawns in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in June and July. Both groups typically spawn within 10 to 30 miles (16 to 48km) of shore. Depending on their size, females can have between 285 000 and almost 2 million eggs. They release their eggs in batches, between five and seven times throughout the spawning season. Eggs generally float in the surface water and hatch in four to 7.5 days, depending on water temperature. They feed heavily on crustaceans such as rill and shrip, but also eat squid and some fish.

Food Info Atlantic Mackerel


Species Range
Atlantic Mackerel range Source:
Common Mackerel
Boston Mackerel
Saba (sushi)
These crabs mate at the time of maturity, which is approximately 3 years of age. Females are smaller than males; this is because the development of reproductive tissues required more energy for females, leaving less energy available for continued body growth. They grow through a process known as molting—regularly shedding their shell and growing a new, larger one. They continue to molt and grow after they have reached sexual maturity. During the breeding season, the crabs leave their borrows in a phenomenon characterized by mass mate-searching events. Once mating/fertilization has occurred, females spawns in the water. The larvae released during the rainy season develop in offshore waters and return to coastal waters five to eight weeks after larval release.
Mangrove crabs are important fishery resources in all Brazilian coast, mainly in the north and northeast where many fishermen depend upon their catch. In addition to its social and economic importance, the mangrove crab is a “keystone” species in ecosystem, they playing an important role in the processes of nutrient cycling and energy transfer.

Fishing Methods

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Pelagic Hook-and-Line

This fishery uses a variety of artisanal hook-and-line methods to catch coastal pelagic fish such as tuna, marlin, swordfish, mahi mahi, wahoo (ono) and others. A pole and line with live bait scattered into the water is used to catch feeding skipjack tuna. Trolling with lures and lines, and handlines with lures, lines and bait bags are used to target larger fish such as bigeye tuna, swordfish, mahi mahi and wahoo.


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Pelagic Mid-Water Trawl

This fishery uses a large cone-shaped net that is towed at the appropriate level in the water column to catch schools of mackerel. As the net is towed at low speed, hydrodynamic forces push two "doors" outwards opening the mouth of the net and capturing fish in its path.


Featured Harvester Bernie Berry

Mangrove Crab Harvester

Canavieiras, Brazil

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