Mackerel

Wild Caught in Pristine Icelandic Waters

Fishing Method: Longline, Handline

Latin: Scomber scombrus  |  French: Maquereau de l’Atlantique  |  Spanish: Caballa del Atlántico  |  Icelandic: Makríll

Product Size Box Sizes
Mackerel Headless, Gutted, Frozen 16 lb.
Mackerel Fillet Skin On Frozen 11, 22 lb.
Mackerel Fillet Skinless Frozen 11, 22 lb.
Mackerel Whole Gutted Fresh 33 lb.
Mackerel Whole Headless Gutted Fresh 33 lb.

Favourite Food

Mackerel likes to eat plankton, squid, shrimp, sardines, and any fish they can find that is smaller than they are. 

Salties Traceability Program

All Mackerel sold by Salties Imports comes with traceability documents showing boat numbers, fishing gear, landing sites, and processing locations. It is our belief that transparency is a necessity in seafood so our customers know exactly all details of the product. 

Flavour Profile

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. 

Summary

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. 

Availability

Salties Imports offers Fresh Mackerel for select months, and frozen Mackerel all throughout the year. The charts bellow shows the low (white), normal (blue), and heavy (dark blue) availability seasons by month:

Frozen Mackerel

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Fresh Mackerel

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Our Fishermen

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 use small boats. 

Fishing Grounds

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.

Fisheries Management

Fisheries management in Iceland is based on extensive research on the fish stocks and the marine ecosystem. A catch limitation system is the cornerstone of the Icelandic fisheries management 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.

Fun Facts

During the winter months, Mackerel shoals disperse somewhat and go into deeper waters. 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.

Cooking Methods

We recommend Deep Frying, Pan Frying, Baking, Grilling, Broiling, Smoking, Poaching, Steaming, and Sautéing our Mackerel.

Nutriton per 100 grams

Nutrients and Minerals Amount
Calories 311
Total Fat 25.9 g
Saturated Fat 6.2 g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 11.4 g
    Monounsaturated Fat 6.3 g
Protein 19.6 g
Sodium 70 mg
Potassium 256 mg
Total Carbohydrate 0 g
    Dietary Fibre 0 g
Cholesterol 80 mg
Calcium 15 mg
Magnesium - mg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids - g
Omega-6 Fatty Acids - g

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