The Safina Center

Koho salmon.Koho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Mackerel, Atlantic (Saba) – U.S. and Canada, Purse Seine

Atlantic Mackerel are fast swimmers found throughout the Atlantic Ocean that mature within 3 years.

In U.S. and Canadian waters, the current abundance of Atlantic Mackerel is uncertain. Mackerel play an important role in the ecosystem, providing food for a variety of larger fish, such as sharks, bluefin tuna, and marine mammals.

In the U.S. most Atlantic Mackerel are caught with midwater trawls, but there is a small purse seine fishery, which is well-managed. In Canada, purse seines are the primary method of catching Atlantic Mackerel. Purse seines do not impact bottom habitats and have low bycatch.

Full Seafood Watch U.S. species report here.
Full Seafood Watch Canada species report here.