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. These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

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

The surface gears fishers use to catch Spanish Mackerel have little bycatch and no adverse effects on habitat.

Full species report here.
Full Seafood Watch 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.