Blue Ocean Institute


Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Mackerel, King These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Overfished in the mid-1980s, King Mackerel have rebounded to a high level of abundance today.

Conservative management measures now govern the hook-and-line and runaround-gillnet fisheries for King Mackerel. These surface fisheries have little bycatch compared to other fisheries and no adverse effects on habitat.

Full species report here.

This fish may have high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury in mackerel. Check out our mercury in seafood section.