Atlantic mackerel

atlantic mackerel

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Varðin is a leading provider of superior Atlantic mackerel, that is handled with the utmost care to ensure quality and freshness. We have a large mackerel quota for stable and reliable delivery.

Available forms: whole round, H/G, fillets, flaps
Freezing method: horizontal plate and IQF freezing
Method of catch:  trawler, seiner
Fat content: 
13% – 30%
Size  (grams) WR
200-400, 300-500, 400-600, 500+
Size (grams) H/G: 150+, 200+, 250+, 300+, 350+
Size (pcs/kg) flaps: 5-8, 8-12
Size (pcs/kg) fillets: 16-24
Packing (blocks per carton): 2 x 12,5 kg
Fishing season:
 August – January

Atlantic Mackerel is a fatty fish that becomes rancid quite fast if not handled and cooled properly. Here at Varðin, we have the experience and facilities to make sure, that it doesn’t happen. We have advanced cooling systems that keep the mackerel at -1,5 °C from catch to freezer. This ensures superior quality and freshness.

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About Atlantic mackerel

Atlantic mackerel, also known as scomber scombrus, is easily recognize by its blue/green tiger like back stripes. It has an average length of about 30 – 40 cm, although it can grow up to 70 cm. Mackerel is a fast swimmer and needs to be in constant motion in order not to sink, as it doesn’t have a swim bladder. Atlantic mackerel is a predatory fish that feeds on krill, crustaceans, small fish and is even prone to cannibalism.

It is a migratory fish. It spawns just east of the Irish coast during spring then migrates north west towards Iceland in the early summer. In late summer to early fall it moves eastward towards Norway. From fall to winter the it travels south along the Norwegian coast to the North Sea. During the winter the it heads back west to the Irish coast for spawning. Consequently, Atlantic mackerel is always close to the Faroe Islands during its annual migration.

A female mackerel can spawn up to 450.000 eggs in a single spawning season. The hatching time depends on sea temperature. Most Atlantic mackerel spawn in temperate waters at about 9 – 12 °C.

atlantic mackerel migration