Blue Ocean Institute


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

Chub Mackerel are found along both coasts of North America, but the fisheries in California and Mexico are most important commercially.

Chub Mackerel school (swim in groups) at the surface of coastal waters, often with sardines and anchovy.

Bycatch is usually low, because fishers set nets directly on schools. Sardines and anchovies caught in the process are sold. Impacts of fishing gear on habitat are also low, because the fishery uses pelagic (near to the surface of the water) seine nets that rarely contact the seafloor.

Chub Mackerel are sold fresh and as fish meal, oil, and tuna bait.

Full species report here.