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Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Mackerel, Atlantic (Saba) – U.S., Trawl

Atlantic Mackerel are fast swimmers found throughout the Atlantic Ocean that mature within 3 years.

In U.S. 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, which despite their name, contact the ocean bottom and damage the seafloor. These trawls also accidentally catch some vulnerable species, including marine mammals and river herring.

Full Seafood Watch species report here.