Blue Ocean Institute


Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Mackerel, Atlantic

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

In U.S. waters, Atlantic Mackerel have rebounded from being overfished in the 1970s and are at a high level of abundance. Europeans target separate populations of Atlantic Mackerel, and both fisheries primarily use mid-water trawls, but also bottom trawls.

Bycatch of marine mammals continues to be a problem in this otherwise healthy fishery.

Full species report here.