FAQ

What is the difference between Sardine and Mackerel?

Sardine fish and Mackerel fish, both are species of small fish. However, many people think that they are only the fish name. Therefore, how to specify the name to any fish must be done under the standard of fish species and approved by the committee of “Codex Alimentarius Commission”.

        This committee will accept all specification from every country in order to classify fish to its type and specie. The given specification of fish has to accord with the standard description, as follows, Mackerel fish, its skin is fine and has color of silver; the body is thin and long as tube shape with pointy head and tail. It has single dorsal fin and pelvic fin, a pair of pectoral fins or rear fins, and also the tail appears as caudal fin which is split tail. Mackerel meat is more firm and fattier than sardine.

         Sardine fish, its body is slim, long and round as a tube shape and covered with big pieces of scales which has rough texture, big eyes and also sardine fish has only soft fins which grows 13 -21 stems and a pair of anal fins. Its body has color of silver, there are blue-purple rings over the lateral line on body and the meat from this part is more tender and sweeter than mackerel.

         For someone who likes tender and sweet taste of fish meat should try sardine, however some fish scale might be found. That is because sardine naturally has scales covered its body and the meat is tender so it is unable to get rid of scales. So for one who likes firm and fatty fish meat and no scale, then mackerel is the choice.