Too Many Fish in the Sea?

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Erik van den Ham on November 2, 2011

Too Many Fish in the Sea?

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The Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus), is a pelagic schooling species of mackerel found on both sides of the North Atlantic Ocean. The species is also called Boston mackerel, or just mackerel.

The Atlantic Mackerel is by far the most common of the ten species of the family that are caught in British waters. It is extremely common in huge shoals migrating towards the coast to feed on small fish and prawns during the summer.

Abundant in cold and temperate shelf areas, it forms large schools near the surface. They overwinter in deeper waters but move closer to shore in spring when water temperatures range between 11° and 14°C. In north-east Atlantic: North Sea (east) and British Isles (west). The North Sea stock decreased dramatically in the 1960s because of direct overfishing.

Male and female Atlantic mackerel grow at about the same rate, reaching a maximum age of about 20 years and a maximum fork length of about 47 centimetres (19 in). Most Atlantic mackerel are sexually mature by the age of three years.

As food

On this picture fresh, home smoked Atlantic mackerel!

Mackerel fillet in tomato sauce, a popular food in Scandinavia and the UK.

Atlantic mackerel are sought after for food either cooked or as sashimi. It consists mostly of red meat and has a strong taste desirable to some consumers. Atlantic mackerel is extremely high in vitamin B12. Atlantic mackerel is also very high in omega 3 (a class of fatty acids), containing nearly twice as much per unit weight as does salmon. Unlike King mackerel and Spanish mackerel, Northern Atlantic mackerel are very low in mercury, and can be eaten at least twice a week according to EPA guidelines.

Mainly in Scandinavia and the United Kingdom, canned mackerel in tomato sauce, brine, or vegetable oil, is sometimes eaten with salad or in sandwiches. Mackerel is an excellent source of Phosphatidylserine as it contains approximately 480 mg / 100grams by weight. Phosphatidylserine is an important brain food that can have positive effects on ADHD and Alzheimer patients.

Teunis Haveman on November 2, 2011 was aan het vissen

Mooie vangst


gr Teunis

Erik van den Ham on November 2, 2011

Nou nee dat dan weer niet, dat was al voor mij gedaan! Deze Makrelen lagen hier nog wat na te garen nadat ze met veel liefde waren gerookt door de vader van een collegaatje. Toch viste ik niet achter het net want we hebben heerlijk lopen smullen van deze visjes, bovendien kreeg ik er ook nog drie mee voor thuis!

Het smullen bleef niet bij deze Makrelen want ook een flink maaltje gebakken sliptongetjes (ook om je vingers bij af te likken) kwam op tafel. Een ware traktatie en een feest voor de smaakpapillen!

Groetjes, Erik

Nadia Kushnir on November 4, 2011


Artemio CS on November 4, 2011

Hi, Erik: Nice shot...where were you when you took this photo? At market? Please if you have some time, visit my gallery...accept comments, critics and suggestions....greetings from Lima, Peru...Juancho

rol.! on November 5, 2011

Very very nice and ORIGINAL photo , BRAVO>> *LIKE

Bst regard, R&s

Erik van den Ham on November 8, 2011

Pure verwennerij was dit Jac en Willy dit waren wellicht de meest smakelijke Makrelen die ik ooit heb gegeten!

Oh I do too Nadia, so delicious!

No not at the market but at a private place Juancho. They tasted even better than they look!

These home smoked fishes were not only very beautiful but also very, very tasty Roland & Sandrine. Thanks so much for the Like!

Groeten, Greetings, Erik

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