Atlantic Mackerel

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Scientific name
Scomber scombrus
Production method
Midwater otter trawling
IUCN status
Least concern
Stock status

Based on available evidence, the mackerel stock is healthy. Fishing and survey data are available, and the scientific advice for long-term productivity or recovery of the stock is adequately defined.

Ecological effects

The impact of endangered, threatened, protected (ETP) species on the population level is low in this midwater trawl pelagic fishery. Bycatch in this fishery is considered negligible. Midwater trawling has no negative impact on habitat, and the ecosystem effects are uncertain.


Fisheries enforcement and control is an issue in international cooperation and in the bilateral agreement with EU and Norway management covers a vessel monitoring system, electronic reporting system and fishery discard, which is banned in Norway. The overall management is largely effective.