Horse Mackerel

Horse Mackerel

Horse mackerel are not real mackerel at all, belonging to a family of fish called carangidae made up of jacks and trevallies. They form large shoals over sandy bottomed ground, often schooling with herring or (actual) mackerel.

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Low demand for horse mackerel in UK historically has meant they were never really targeted by fishermen. However, a good export market has been established to Spain and Portugal, as well as Japan, where aji, as they’re known are very popular. As such, they’ve started to be targeted by fishermen in the UK (also partly due to their value as fishmeal- boo). Current fishing pressure seems to have little effect on stock size or age structure, so we can also eat them with a completely clean conscience.


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