Atlantic Mackerel
(Scomber scombrus)
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The Atlantic mackerel is one of the most plentiful of the food fishes off New England and the Mid-Atlantic during the colder months. Unfortunately, with a stock estimated in some years to reach millions of tons, mackerel is generally considered "too strong" for most seafood consumers in the U.S. There is a tremenduous world-wide demand for the various species of mackerel, however, so a significant amount is caught, processed, frozen and exported by the domestic commercial fishing industry.