Atlantic Mackerel, also referred to as Boston Mackerel, is torpedo shaped like Tuna but significantly smaller, averaging 1 to 2 1/2 pounds and 12-18 inches long. Atlantic Mackerel have a distinct bar pattern of small scales that cover the entire body and give the skin a velvety texture. It is a schooling fish that thrives in cold and temperate shelf areas of both sides of the North Atlantic Ocean. The raw meat looks grayish and oily, when cooked is it off-white to beige. Mackerel is considered one of the more healthful fish because it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, niacin and vitamins B6 and B12. Its oil content makes mackerel an excellent candidate for barbecuing or smoking. The Mackerel are typically commercially caught using mid-water trawls which have minimal impact on habitat. The fishery is federally managed by NOAA Fisheries and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.