The Safina Center

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

Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Mackerel, King – U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Runaround Gillnets These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children. Our source of information is http://seafood.edf.org/.  We also recommend that you check local advisories.

King Mackerel inhabit coastal waters along the Eastern seaboard of the U.S.. They were overfished in the mid-1980s, but have rebounded to achieve high abundance today. Conservative management measures now govern the fisheries for King Mackerel.

Runaround gillnets are set around schools of King Mackerel and result in very little bycatch. This gear does not make contact with bottom habitats.

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.