Chub Mackerel

Fact File:

Common Name(s): Chub Mackerel, sometimes referred to as Spanish Mackerel

Scientific Name:Scomber japonicus (Houttuyn, 1782)

Usual Size:To 50cm, although usual to 30cm

UK Record Weights from rod/line:

Shore:1lb 5oz 7dr

Boat:1lb 2oz

MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat:

Mackerel shaped. Colour: Upper side, black with oblique lines, forming a zigzag and undulate.In Atlantic populations the belly may be marked with spotting or wavy broken lines. Swimbladder present. 8/10 dorsal spines.

Egg dispersal, which takes place in water temperatures of between 15 to 200C and the number of eggs is dependant on the weight of the female and equates to 250/300 per grm in weight, which means they can spawn between 100/400,000 eggs each season.

Primarily a coastal species from the surface down to depths of 300m

Small fry of numerous species.

In UK Waters unknown - a vagrant. Mainly in Eastern Atlantic waters from the Spanish Coast down the African coastline.

Additional Notes:

REFERENCES: FAO Species Catalogue 2 - Scombrids of The World - Collette/Nauen

Fishes of the North-Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean - Whitehead, Bauchot, Hureau, Nielsen, Tortonese

Key to the Fishes of Northern Europe - Wheeler

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