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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

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Marine Fisheries - Mackerel Identification

Marine Fisheries

Mackerel Identification

Both King and Spanish Mackerel have gold spots on the body.
Look at the lateral line and the black spot on the dorsal fin of the Spanish.

King Mackeral

Spanish Mackeral

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See also:
King mackerel biological info
Spanish mackerel biological info

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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