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, Spanish (Sawara) – U.S., Cast Nets & 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.

Spanish Mackerel inhabit coastal waters along the Eastern seaboard of the U.S.. They have have recovered from years of overfishing to achieve high abundance today. They are important to recreational as well as commercial fishers.

Surface casts nets and runaround gillnets are set around schools of Spanish Mackerel and result in very little bycatch. These gears do 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.