Traceable Species

Atlantic Chub Mackerel

Spanish mackerel

Atlantic Chub Mackerel

Atlantic chub mackerel can be found in the the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean. This medium-sized pelagic fish species occurs in deeper waters during the colder part of the year and near coastal waters in warmer temperatures where they spawn and feed. This species is known to travel great distances through the open ocean. 

The mackerel is elongated and streamlined fish with a deeply forked tail. It has spines on the dorsal fin. The Atlantic Chub Mackerel is silvery in colour, with a greenish blue back. The upper surface has dark zigzagging stripes and the belly is pale and marked with wavy lines.

Atlantic Chub Mackerel

The Atlantic Chub Mackerel is a fast-growing species. They mature at 2–3 years of age but are relatively long-lived, typically 8–10 years. The spawning season is March to April in the Mediterranean and June to July in the more northern ranges. This species spawns her the surface of the water and become larvae after 6 days. School of juvenille fish stay near the coast until they mature into adults. 

Food Info Atlantic Chub Mackerel


  • Colour: flesh is red 
  • Texture: Oily
  • Flavour: Rich and strong
  • Perfect serve: this fish is delicious when served grilled
Species Range
Atlantic Chub Mackerel range Source:
Spanish mackerel
These crabs mate at the time of maturity, which is approximately 3 years of age. Females are smaller than males; this is because the development of reproductive tissues required more energy for females, leaving less energy available for continued body growth. They grow through a process known as molting—regularly shedding their shell and growing a new, larger one. They continue to molt and grow after they have reached sexual maturity. During the breeding season, the crabs leave their borrows in a phenomenon characterized by mass mate-searching events. Once mating/fertilization has occurred, females spawns in the water. The larvae released during the rainy season develop in offshore waters and return to coastal waters five to eight weeks after larval release.
Mangrove crabs are important fishery resources in all Brazilian coast, mainly in the north and northeast where many fishermen depend upon their catch. In addition to its social and economic importance, the mangrove crab is a “keystone” species in ecosystem, they playing an important role in the processes of nutrient cycling and energy transfer.

Fishing Methods

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Purse Seine with skiff

Fish harvesters encircle a large wall of netting around schools of fish and pull the bottom of the netting closed, like a drawstring purse, to capture the fish.


Featured Harvester Bernie Berry

Mangrove Crab Harvester

Canavieiras, Brazil

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