Norwegian: Makrell / Latin: Scomber Scombrus
The Norwegian coastline is vast – stretching from Skagerrak in the south to the cold, clear waters of the Barents Sea in the north. The climate, combined with the clarity of the water has created the ideal environment for fish.
How to spot mackerel
Mackerel is a fast-swimming fish – in fact, it doesn't have a swim bladder and must swim constantly so that it doesn’t sink! Thankfully, it’s easy to spot because of its distinctive shape and colouring. Its body is round and streamlined with a striking green and blue colour, and it has a number of tiger-like irregular cross bands along its back. If you are quick enough to catch one, you’ll notice that its skin is silky smooth – all thanks to its tiny scales.
MACKEREL FAST FACTS
Age Up to 25 years
Length Up to 65 cm
Weight Up to 3.5 kilos
Meet the mackerel family
Unlike demersal species, pelagics travel vast distances during migration – hence you’ll find mackerel fisheries spread across a wide area. But of all the places where mackerel is found, there’s no environment quite like the cold, clear Norwegian waters.
The premium catch period for mackerel is between September and November, when the mackerel swim back from the feeding areas in the Norwegian Sea to the spawning areas. This is when the mackerel has the highest fat content, is at its tastiest and is packed with healthy omega-3 EPA/DHA fatty acids. This high fat content is the reason why Norwegian mackerel has gained such a reputation around the world and is often considered a delicacy.