The flavorful Spanish mackerel is one of the most commonly caught species off the southeastern United States and supports important commercial and recreational fisheries.
Spanish mackerel is a migratory species—traveling in schools, they move to the northern Gulf for the summer and south along the coast in the winter. Spanish mackerel is mostly found offshore in federal waters. Federal authorities including NOAA Fisheries and the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils are responsible for monitoring and managing these fisheries resources. Any applicable state management measures are fairly consistent with federal measures—some states automatically adopt federal regulations; others have separate regulations. State and federal enforcement agents partner to enforce fisheries laws and regulations. The states also help collect data on commercial and recreational fisheries for Spanish mackerel, providing important information to support management of this valuable resource.
For more information about Spanish mackerel, including its status, biological information, and a description of the fishery and how it’s managed, see NOAA’s FishWatch.gov.