The Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) is a small, migratory fish which is found in the western Atlantic ranging from Newfoundland and Labrador to North Carolina. Atlantic mackerel frequent Prince Edward Island waters from June to October. Although Atlantic mackerel is a close relative of the giant bluefin tuna, it normally ranges from 30 to 45cm in length and generally weighs from 500g to 2kgs. Mackerel have a firm, streamlined body which is a dark wavy blue on the back and upper sides, shading to a silvery white on the belly.

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