Fat Tuna


Chub mackerel

Scomber japonicus

The Chub mackerel is found mostly along the coast and at seamounts, from the surface down to 300 m.

Conservation Status

Although there is no immediate concern as to the status of this species in the Azores, chub mackerel have been allocated a minimum commercial size of 20 cm in Portugal.

Principal fishing methods

Handline and bottom Line.


The Chub mackerel may reach a maximum reported size of 64 cm (2.9 Kg) and a maximum reported age of 18 years.


All year round



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