by seachoice on October 12th, 2011
Atlantic mackerel is a pelagic schooling species found along the east and west coasts of the North Atlantic. Atlantic mackerel exhibit biological characteristics that suggest low vulnerability to fishing predation. They are a fast-growing species reaching legal catch size and reproductive maturity at a young age.
The primary gear type used in the U.S. Atlantic mackerel fishery is the mid-water trawl with purse seining being the dominant method of fishing Atlantic mackerel in Canadian waters.
Management effectiveness for the Canadian and U.S. fishery are deemed highly effective.