Catching mackerel at its best
We’re passionate about the fish we catch and export around the world. After all, it is a reflection of our culture and seafaring heritage. We know that where and when you catch mackerel has a direct impact on the taste and nutritional content of the fish.
Norwegian mackerel spends its life swimming in cold, clear waters that are full of sprat and other small fish for it to feast on. By the time the shoals reach the Norwegian coast the mackerel is large, fatty and full of flavour. We call this the premium catch period.
Knowing where to look
Premium mackerel catch periods
Main fishing areas
Full of flavour
One of the key benefits of fishing in the autumn months is that the mackerel has a higher fat content. Not only does this transform Norwegian mackerel into a succulent fish, packed with flavour, it also increases the levels of omega-3 in the fish. This makes Norwegian mackerel a tasty and healthy choice. To find out more about the nutritional content of mackerel from Norway, please visit the dedicated nutrition page.
The taste test
A blind taste test was conducted with 108 elementary school children in Tokyo. They were asked to taste both domestic masaba and Norwegian mackerel, without being told which was which. The results were as followed:
66% of total children preferred the Norwegian mackerel
44% of these children preferred it because of its fattiness and 24% preferred the tenderness
76% of children who ate fish dinners 2+ times a week preferred the Norwegian shio-saba
A heritage of fishing experience
Norwegians have been relying on the sea for centuries, so it should come as no surprise that we have the process down to an art form. We use the latest electronic sonar equipment to locate the fish and then our expert fishermen set to work reeling them in. The most common method we use is a purse seine, a large scooped netting contraption designed to encircle a shoal of fish. A wire then pulls the purse seine inwards and draws the opening down. This enables the fishermen to pull the fish onto the ship.
Our ships are kitted out with all of the latest technology and fish can be cooled to 0˚C within just a few minutes. Of all the loved Norwegian mackerel products, our biggest exports are frozen whole fish and frozen fillets.
To find out more about how we deliver mackerel to the world, please visit our dedicated markets page.
Norwegian State Quality Inspection
From purse seine to plate, our entire fishing industry is monitored to ensure our high quality and safety standards are maintained.