Present in the North-east Atlantic ranging from the Norwegian Sea and Iceland to West Africa. Also present in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
Pelagic-neritic species that congregate in large schools. It is most often found in cold-temperate shelf areas, in the depth range 0-1000 m. They feed on zooplankton and small fish.
Mostly landed using purse-seiners and mid-water trawls, but also using hand line and gill nets, and beach seines.
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Mackerel lack swim bladders and must swim constantly to avoid sinking. Fast and agile swimmers able to streamline themselves by retracting their fins into grooves on their body.