Blue Ocean Institute

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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.