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GRANT NUMBER:  NA36FD0100          NMFS NUMBER:  92-NER-051

REPORT TITLE:  Development of Underutilized Species: The Atlantic Mackerel Fishery

AUTHOR:  Patricia Lacey, Michael Jahncke, Robert Lane

PUBLISH DATE:  May 1998

AVAILABLE FROM:  National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Region, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930.  PHONE: (813) 570-5324

ABSTRACT

The goal of this project was to develop value added products from the underutilized species Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus).  Development of a value-added product addressed the issues of short shelf life, low value, and poor market performance.  Development of harvesting and processing protocols that maintain the quality of fish during storage (multi-layer packaging) began the process of extending shelf life.   Shelf life studies with microbiological and chemical composition analyses documented the product’s status in the fresh and frozen forms. Addition of marinades increased the value to the customer, as well as the fresh shelf life.  Consumer, restaurant and trade show testing revealed that the flavored mackerel was an acceptable product.  Cost analysis revealed that the marinated mackerel would be a low cost entry into the consumer markets, at $0.70 to $1.11 per pound for filets, ex-processor. 

 
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