Horse mackerel

Trachurus trachurus

WHERE CAN YOU FIND IT?

  • Atlantic
  • Mediterranean
  • Baltic
  • Kattegat-Skagerrak

HOW TO MEASURE?

Total length (cm)

DOES IT HAVE A LEGAL SIZE?

Yes

HOW TO MEASURE

DISTRIBUTION MAP


DISTRIBUTION

Present in the East Atlantic from Iceland and Southern Norwegian Sea to West Africa. Also present in the Mediterranean Sea.

ECOLOGY

Pelagic slender schooling species usually found on continental shelves down to over 200 m in depth. Their diet consists of crustaceans, cephalopods and small fish.

FISHERIES

Mainly caught by fisheries using pelagic trawls, purse seine, hooks and lines.

DID YOU KNOW

Its common name comes from the legend that other small fish species ride on its back over great distances.