Horse Mackerel

Trachurus trachurus

Latin Name: Trachurus trachurus

Fishing Location: FAO 27 – North Spain

Catching Season: June - October

Catching Method: Purse Seining

Freezing Method: Block Frozen, Brine “IQF”

Packing: 20kg Carton Box + Plastic Bag

Form: Whole Round

Size: 16-20cm (7/14 ppk), 20-25cm (5/7 ppk), 25+cm (3/5 ppk)

The Atlantic Horse Mackerel, Trachurus trachurus is a species of mackerel in the family Carangidae. 


It gets its common name from the legend that other smaller species of fish could ride on the back of it over great distances. Other common names include common scad, maasbanker, scad, saurel, rough scad.


The Atlantic horse mackerel can be found in the north-eastern Atlantic from Iceland To Senegal, including the Cape Verde islands, and also in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It congregates in large schools in coastal waters, where it feeds on crustaceans, squid, and other fishes. There are two main populations: the west stock which spawn in the eastern Atlantic off the coasts of western Europe, and the north stock which spawn in the North Sea.


This mackerel is edible and can be smoked, fried, salted and baked etc. It is an important commercial fish.

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  • United Kingdom: Horse Mackerel

  • Spain: Jurel , Chicharro

  • France: Maquereau bâtard , chinchard , Chinchard commun

  • Germany: Bastardmakrele , Bastard , Holzmakrele

  • Portugal: Carapau , chicharro

  • Poland: Ostrobok pospolity

  •  Albania: Stavrid

  • Saudi Arabi: Chourou , Chourou europi , Chrenne , Chrène , Esfer , Esferi , Hringa , Seif , Seig , Shakhoura , Shaurou , Shourou

  • Bulgaria: Okeanski safrid

  • Denmark: Hestemakrel

  • The Netherlands: Marsbanker , Hordmakreel

  • Finland: Piikkimakrilli 

  • Nigeria: Silivi

  • Greece: Savrídi

  • Israel: Trakhon gedol magen , Trakhon gedol moginim , Turvlus

  • Iceland: Brynstirtia

  • Italia: Scombro bastardo , Sorello , Sugarella , Sugarello , Suro , Suro di fondo

  • Japan: Aji , Maaji , Muroaji .

  • Malta: Sawrella kahla .

  • Isle of Man: Breac frengagh

  • Norway: Taggmakrell

  • Rumania: Stavrid , Stravrid mare , Snjur , Sredizemnomorsko , Stavrida

  • Serbia: Sarum , Sarun , Snjur , Trnobok

  • Sweden: Taggmakrill

  • Turkey: Istavrit , Karagöz istavrit