We offer Fresh Mackerel for select months of the year. The charts below shows the low (white), normal (blue), and heavy (dark blue) availability seasons by month:
Mackerel is caught around Iceland at shallow depths of 10 — 100 m, with ideal ocean temperatures of 11°C — 14°C. The largest fishing areas are on the Western, South Western, Southern, and South Eastern coasts. After the Mackerel migrates, boats can continue fishing further East, where all the catch is frozen.
During the winter months, Mackerel shoals go into deeper waters and migrate towards the shores of mainland Europe. Once spring comes along, they form great shales where they then travel towards Iceland. If they stop swimming; they will sink to the bottom of the ocean, so they swim nonstop in their shoals.
As a family company with deep roots in the fishing villages of Iceland, Salties Imports chooses its fishermen and producers carefully to make sure the product is of the highest quality and freshness. Most are independent fishermen in Iceland who fish on small boats.
All Mackerel sold by Salties Imports comes with traceability documents showing boat names, fishing gear, fishing areas, landing sites, and landing dates. It is our belief that transparency is a necessity in seafood so our customers know all the details of the product.
Common size of Mackerel is between 40 and 60 cm and 1 lbs. Some individuals can reach a length of 70 cm and live for 25 years.
Mackerel has a rich pronounced flavour and is soft, flaky, and moist. The flesh looks greyish and oily when raw but cooks up to having an off-white/beige colour and firms up.
Mackerel likes to eat plankton, squid, shrimp, sardines, and any fish they can find that is smaller than they are.
Fisheries management in Iceland is based on extensive research on the fish stocks and the marine ecosystem. The cornerstone of Icelandic Fisheries management is its catch limitation system. Management is also supported by other measures such as area restrictions, fishing gear restrictions, and the use of closed areas to conserve important vulnerable habitats. Our Mackerel is Oceanwise recommended and carries the Oceanwise Logo.