Scientific name

Scomberomorus commerson

Locally known as


IUCN status

Least Concern.


The kingfish is known for its distinctive vivid blue to dark grey colour along their backs and flanks and silvery blue-grey on the belly.

Key threats


Where they're found today

Kanaad are pelagic species, and are usually found throughout the high sea’s due to their highly migratory nature.

Abu Dhabi’s efforts

Kingfish may only be caught six months of the year with a special permit from EAD required to do so.2018, due to an increase in bycatch of dugong in Kingfish nets and following consultation with the community, the fishing season utilizing nets was closed early within the emirate of Abu Dhabi Anecdotal reports suggest that the closing of the season is assisting with Kingfish recovery from a regional collapse in the population in the 1990s.

Fun facts

1. Kingfish are a migratory species, and generally do not like waters colder than 20 degrees Celsius.
2. They are voracious, opportunistic carnivores feeding mostly on small fish with lesser quantities of shrimp and squid.
3. Females spawn by age two, releasing between half a million and 1.5 million eggs.
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