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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Mackerel, King

Scomberomorus cavalla

Method

Wild

Trolling lines

Location

U.S. - Western Central Atlantic Ocean (excluding U.S. Gulf of Mexico)

Overall Rating

3.997 / 5

Market Names

Cavalla, Hog, King Mackerel, Kingfish, Saba, Smoker, Slab, Spanish Mackerel

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Mackerel, King

Scomberomorus cavalla

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Gulf of Mexico

Overall Rating

4.511 / 5

Market Names

Cavalla, Hog, King Mackerel, Kingfish, Saba, Smoker, Slab, Spanish Mackerel

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic Spanish

Scomberomorus maculatus

Method

Wild

Handlines and pole-lines

Location

U.S. - Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Gulf of Mexico

Overall Rating

3.01 / 5

Market Names

Bay Mackerel, Saba, Sierra, Spaniard, Spanish Mackerel, Spotted Cybium, Spotted Mackerel

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Mackerel, King

Scomberomorus cavalla

Method

Wild

Handlines and pole-lines

Location

U.S. - Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Gulf of Mexico

Overall Rating

2.895 / 5

Market Names

Cavalla, Hog, King Mackerel, Kingfish, Saba, Smoker, Slab, Spanish Mackerel

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic Spanish

Scomberomorus maculatus

Method

Wild

Falling gear

Location

U.S. - Western Central Atlantic Ocean (excluding U.S. Gulf of Mexico)

Overall Rating

4.69 / 5

Market Names

Bay Mackerel, Saba, Sierra, Spaniard, Spanish Mackerel, Spotted Cybium, Spotted Mackerel

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic Spanish

Scomberomorus maculatus

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Gulf of Mexico

Overall Rating

4.511 / 5

Market Names

Bay Mackerel, Saba, Sierra, Spaniard, Spanish Mackerel, Spotted Cybium, Spotted Mackerel

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - EU South Pacific midwater otter trawl Jack mackerel fishery

Variety

Mackerel, Chilean Jack

Trachurus murphyi

Method

Wild

Midwater trawls

Location

FAO Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
EU South Pacific midwater otter trawl Jack mackerel fishery

Market Names

Southern jack mackerel, Peruvian jack mackerel, Inca scad, Horse mackerel

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - South East Australia small pelagic fishery (commonwealth) mid-water trawl

Variety

Mackerel, Greenback horse

Trachurus declivis

Method

Wild

Midwater trawls

Location

FAO Area 57 (Indian Ocean, Eastern) and FAO Area 81 (Pacific, Southwest)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
South East Australia small pelagic fishery (commonwealth) mid-water trawl

Market Names

Cowanyoung, greenback horse mackerel, scaly mackerel, scad, common jack mackerel, Peruvian jack mackerel, Chilean jack mackerel

Summary


Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries, but not all. Learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become Ocean Wise recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - South East Australia small pelagic fishery (commonwealth) mid-water trawl

Variety

Mackerel, Blue

Scomber australasicus

Method

Wild

Midwater trawls

Location

FAO Area 57 (Indian Ocean, Eastern) and FAO Area 81 (Pacific, Southwest)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
South East Australia small pelagic fishery (commonwealth) mid-water trawl

Market Names

Common mackerel, English mackerel, pacific mackerel, slimy mackerel, spotted chub mackerel, Southern mackerel, Japanese mackerel, Spotted mackerel

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries, but not all. Learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become Ocean Wise recommended.

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Midwater trawls

Location

U.S. - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

1.732 / 5

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

Abundance: Stock is depleted and experiencing overfishing.

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Purse seines

Location

Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

1.333 / 5

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

Abundance: Stock is depleted and experiencing overfishing.

Bycatch: Fishery also catches overfished Atlantic herring.

Management: Ineffective, there are no measures to rebuild the Atlantic mackerel stock.

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

U.S. - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

1.646 / 5

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

Abundance: Stock is depleted and experiencing overfishing.

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Variety

Mackerel, Chilean Jack

Trachurus murphyi

Method

Wild

Purse seines

Location

FAO Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Chilean Jack mackerel industrial purse seine fishery

Market Names

Southern jack mackerel, Peruvian jack mackerel, Inca scad, Horse mackerel

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery does not meet conservation standards to become OWS recommended. This fishery has a open condition regarding endangered, protected and/or threatened (ETP) species.

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Handlines and pole-lines

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
MINSA North East Atlantic mackerel

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Purse seines

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
MINSA North East Atlantic mackerel

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Trawls

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
MINSA North East Atlantic mackerel

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Midwater trawls

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
MINSA North East Atlantic mackerel

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Midwater trawls

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
MINSA North East Atlantic mackerel

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Purse seines

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
MINSA North East Atlantic mackerel

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Midwater trawls

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
MINSA North East Atlantic mackerel

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Handlines and pole-lines

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
MINSA North East Atlantic mackerel

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Purse seines

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
MINSA North East Atlantic mackerel

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Midwater trawls

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
MINSA North East Atlantic mackerel

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Midwater trawls

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
MINSA North East Atlantic mackerel

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Purse seines

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
MINSA North East Atlantic mackerel

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Midwater trawls

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
MINSA North East Atlantic mackerel

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

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Variety

Mackerel, Atlantic

Scomber scombrus

Method

Wild

Midwater trawls

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Northern Ireland Pelagic Sustainability Group (NIPSG) Irish Sea-Atlantic Mackerel and North Sea Herring

Market Names

Boston Mackerel, Common Mackerel, Saba, Tinker

Summary

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