Significance To Humans

Mackerel are delicious fish but do not keep as well as fishes that have less oil in their tissues. There are important fisheries in the northwest Atlantic, northeast Atlantic, and Mediterranean and Black seas. FAO catch statistics for 1991-2000 show catches of 6.16-9.42 thousand tons (5.59-8.55 thousand metric tons) per year by 36 countries. Atlantic mackerel are caught mainly with purse seines. Mackerel also are taken by anglers; the all-tackle world record is a 3-lb (1.2-kg) fish taken off Norway. ♦

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