Profile updated on 30 September 2019





Rastrelliger brachysoma


Short mackerel


Hasa-hasaOther local names: aguma-a, alumahan, anduhao, bonglay, burao, buraw, guma-a, hasa, hasa-hasa, kapisnon

The stock structure of Short mackerel Rastrelliger brachysoma (Bleeker, 1851)  in the Philippines is unknown. This profile covers the short mackerel fishery in the Philippines Fishery Management Area 11 (FMA - 11), covering  the Visayan Sea, Asid Gulf, Jintotolo Channel, Guimaras Strait, Iloilo Strait, and Tanon Strait  (see FMA 11 Map and Profile).  FMAs were established in January 2019 (Fisheries Administrative Order 263) to focus on the ecosystem approach to fisheries management.

The Short mackerel Rastrelliger brachysoma is a small short-bodied coastal pelagic scombroid fish frequently found in schools in tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region (Collette and Nauen 1983).   Local names for short mackerel are associated with the two other Rastrelliger species, i.e., the Indian mackerel R. kanagurta and the island mackerel R. faughni).  There are no separate catch records of short mackerel Rastrelliger brachysoma. In this profile, the official catch records for Indian mackerel (Alumahan)  by the Philippine Statistics Authority or PSA (see OpenSTAT) is used which may be a combined reported landings of all three Rastreliiger spp. in the Philippines  In NSAP’s The Philippine Capture Fisheries Atlas species-specific data may be presented separately in areas where stock assessments occur (e.g., length-frequency measurements, E values; in (Barut et al. 2017) while catch landing data of Rastrelliger species, however, are combined with other species under the “small pelagics” group (Santos et al. 2017).


  • Some management measures established in accordance with the Fisheries Code.


Management Quality:

Management Strategy:

≥ 6

Managers Compliance:

< 6

Fishers Compliance:

< 6