Mackerel, Atlantic (Saba) – U.S. and Canada, Purse Seine
Atlantic Mackerel are fast swimmers found throughout the Atlantic Ocean that mature within 3 years.
In U.S. and Canadian waters, the current abundance of Atlantic Mackerel is uncertain. Mackerel play an important role in the ecosystem, providing food for a variety of larger fish, such as sharks, bluefin tuna, and marine mammals.
In the U.S. most Atlantic Mackerel are caught with midwater trawls, but there is a small purse seine fishery, which is well-managed. In Canada, purse seines are the primary method of catching Atlantic Mackerel. Purse seines do not impact bottom habitats and have low bycatch.