Horse mackerel (Trachurus spp.) is often referred to as jack mackerel and belongs to the Carangidae genus. The commercial range in Europe is limited compared to Africa and Asia. In Eastern Europe the use is for smoking mostly. It is an important food component in Japan. The species Trachurus trachurus, Trachurus murphyi and Trachurus declivis are commercially important. It is a pelagic fish. The meat resembles that of mackerel and is also fatty and rich in omega 3 acids.