There are large encircling net (purse seine) vessels, which gather at
Nan-Fang-Ao. Among which, the Mackerel is a fisherman's favorite
because of high Mackerel values such as protein content. (Top 3) However, it has low fats and calories. Like most other fishes, the
Mackerel has good light-gathering properties. It is therefore easy to
capture at night. The Mackerel normally maintains its slender and
muscular form. It is thus difficult to catch. By autumn and winter,
fat deposits quickly build up inside the Mackerel. Fat is deposited in
the facial region. Its eyes get smaller and its vision deteriorates.
By this time, it becomes less swift making it easily caught with a
fish rod or net. This is the reason why Mackerels are abundant in
Nan-Fang-Ao around autumn and winter season. They taste better around
this time too!
Approximately 150tons of catch per net is captured. It requires
several truck transports. The main fishing grounds are waters between
Peng Chia Yu and Fishing Islands. Catch season starts from May to
February the following year. By March and April, operation is carried
out in high seas nearby Korea. The Eastern Sea is also a fishing
ground for vessel groups. Each group has a netter, 2 light vessels,
and 2-3 carriers. Each operation at sea takes up to 25 days during
which period only the carriers return to port to load food and water
before returning to sea for operation. The netter is the command
center of encircling net (purse seine) vessels. Under the leadership
of the well experienced captain, fishing operations such as net
release and haul are performed. Meanwhile, the light vessels also lure
shoals of fish to gather to facilitate fish netting onto the carriers.
The netter weighs about 350 tons. It has a large oil compressor used
in net release and haul.
Mackerel frozen foods processing
The Mackerel is the major yield of fishery in the nation. It is a
red meat, the pH value decreases drastically and decays easily after
death. It is mainly processed into tomato sauced canned food, salted
food, and dried fish. It is an aquatic animal of high production
volume but low value.
There is abundant production in season. The low fish price often
results to losses on the part of the fishermen. Therefore, Mackerel
processing has been an emphasis over the years. Recently, due to
economic development needs of our country, we endeavored to join the
World Trade Organization (WTO). In the future, importing low-priced
fishes after joining WTO will be inevitable. By then, Mackerel
products will face major impacts. The low raw material price is
important when developing Mackerel products of high economic value to
suit consumer preference.
Mackerel products are good protein sources. The fat also contains
rich Eicosa Pentaenoic Acid (EPA) beneficial to health. However, due
to abundant supply and simplified processing methods, people in our
country regard Mackerels as low priced products. Frozen Mackerel
products, on the contrary, are highly developed and economically
valuable. If high-priced preparation methods are adopted, product
image is expected to improve.
People in our country are enthusiastic about Chinese medicinal food
supplements. Medicinal foods have become very popular in recent years.
They are regarded as high-priced products with added values. Thus,
with Mackerel as the main ingredient, some of the 45 Chinese medicinal
herbs are selected as supplemental ingredients in food. The medicinal
properties and the taste of Mackerel are combined into Chinese style
seafood products. The economic image of the medicinal food not only
enhances the economic value of Mackerel products, it also improves the
standard of diet for consumers.
Nan-Fang-Ao has the most Mackerel production in the nation. Yilan
County Government is planning to hold Mackerel Day activities at Third
Fishing Port, Nan-Fang-Ao on the 27th, and the 28th. There will be
live Mackerels, Mackerel BBQ on-site, and 1000kg of Mackerel giveaways
sponsored by fish vendors. The public is welcome to join the lotto on
the day. County Government Fisheries Section pointed out that there is
a variety of ways in which Mackerels can be prepared. Ex. salted,
canned, fried, cooked, barbequed, and fried. Mackerel Sashimi (raw
fish) is also tasty like Tuna and Marlin. Su-Ao Fishing Association
Chief Operating Officer Lin Yue-Ying said that she visited Germany
with her supervisor in the county government once. The Germans
barbequed a big and fat Mackerel and it tasted great. She never saw
people doing the same in Taiwan. It was something new for her.
Fisheries Section expressed that 6 barbeque grills have been ordered
for Mackerel day. The public will experience the fun of barbequing
Mackerels. In Germany, a barbequed Mackerel costs NT$400, but it will
only cost NT$20 on Mackerel Day. Staffs will first clean the fish and
sprinkle salt on it. Mackerels are in season now, the fat and juicy
Mackerels are perfect for BBQ. Fishermen’s Association will sponsor
1,000kg of Mackerel. 400kg of which will be barbequed, and the rest
(600kg) will serve as prize for lotto draws on the 27th, and 28th.
Those who correctly guess the weight of the fish will bring home
packaged Mackerel for free. Over the past few days, fishermen had been
requested to catch some live Mackerels so the public will be able to
watch live Mackerels in water.
The Mackerel has extensive use. After capture, it can be made into
long-line bait, or it can be directly transported to fish markets for
sell. It may also be used as an ingredient in cooking, (salted,
canned, steamed, fried, cooked, barbequed, and deep-fried) or it can
be processed into canned foods, and Mackerel cakes etc.
it is used as bait
in large shark, and marlin long-line operations. Mackerel is
supplemented as bait prior to operation.
Mackerel is a
surface pelagic fish found in Nan-Fan-Ao inshore seas. Freshness is
preserved. Mackerel Sashimi, steamed Mackerel, and fried Mackerel are
all delicious as food.
it is processed
into dried fish or salted fish. It is fresh and has high nutrient
it is an ingredient for dried fish or canned fish.
Sour and sweet tomato sauce, fresh fish meat, and soft fish bones. The
meat is tender, fragrant, and delicious. Currently, there are 10
Mackerel canning and processing factories in Su-Ao region such as Tong
Yeng, San-Yu, Lao-Chuan-Chang, Ho-Bao, and Dong-He etc.
Due to the high
nutrient value and low cost of the Mackerel, it is an ideal processed
food. Fish cakes are generally classified into "Marlin Cake", "Squid
Cake" and "Fish Cake". Mackerel Cakes contain shorter fibers, thus,
cakes produced are finer in texture. It is ideal for seniors and