Mackerel (Scomber colias)
It lives in pelagic schools, moves close to the surface and is often confused with the Northwest Atlantic mackerel or mackerel. It is pelagic, up to 300 m depth, forming large groups.
It is very similar to Scomber scombrus but has a characteristic that differentiates it from the latter: it has spots on its underside or belly. It is also known as starling, cabalon or betaundi. It is a blue fish native to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and its commercial importance is remarkable.
Scientific name: Scomber colias
Shape: Fish with an elongated body and a somewhat rounded section. The mouth is large and terminal. The eyes are large and have an adipose lid. Narrow caudal peduncle and forked caudal fin.
Minimum size: 20 cm.
Colour: Blue-green back with dark transverse bands Golden band extending from the operculum to the caudal fin. Flanks and belly silver-yellow with numerous black spots.
Length and weight: Measures between 30 and 60 cm. It can weigh more than 2 kg.
Time of catch: Mainly July, August, September and October
Catch area: FAO 27
- Block frozen in carton box 20 Kg.
- Frozen in block shrink-wrapped 13 Kg approx.