Canadian Marine Life Encyclopedia
Also known as
Mackerel, split, joey, Boston mackerel
Throughout the northern Atlantic; in the western Atlantic from Newfoundland & Labrador to Cape Hatte
Cold and temperate shelf areas
Order Perciformes (perch-like fish), Family Scombridae (mackerels, tunas and bonitos)
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Atlantic mackerel are a small, abundant forage fish that live across the Northern Atlantic. They have been fished recreationally, commercially and by Indigenous fisheries for hundreds of years. This species is easy to catch because of their annual migrations in towards shore. One community has even turned this into an annual event: a festival in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, called the “Mackerel Toss,” challenges participants to dress up as a fisher and try to toss the most mackerel into a bucket.