About Atlantic Mackerel

Atlantic mackerel are iridescent blue green above with a silvery white underbelly.  Twenty to thirty black bars run across the top half of their body, giving them  a distinctive appearance.  The efficient spindle shape of their  body and their strong tall fin give this fish its ability to move swiftly through the water.  Atlantic  mackerel have two separate large dorsal fins and, like their relatives the tunas, possess several dorsal and anal finlets.  On average,  Atlantic mackerel weigh  less than one pound, but individuals of up to two pounds are not unusual. Their two large dorsal fins are gray or dusky. The pectoral fins are black or dusky at the base, and the tail fin is gray or dusky. Their distinctive coloring fades quickly after they die.

Common Names

Bonito, Atlantic Bonito

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