Horse mackerel

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Species description

Latin: Trachurus trachurus

Horse mackerel may live to be more than 20 years old, with a length of up to 60 cm and weighing up to 1.5 kg.

This fish feeds in the Norwegian Sea and the North Sea, while it mainly matures in the North Sea and west of the British Isles.

Research shows that a strong year class of horse mackerel will be needed in the coming years to avoid dropping below the biological limit of 500,000 tonnes, which would halt fishing.