Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Scad, Big-eye

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Scad, Big-eye Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Akule, Hahalalu Hawaii Wild
Scad, Mackerel Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Opelu, Round Scad Hawaii Wild


Bigeye or Mackerel Scad, Wild, Hawaii

Big-eye and mackerel scad populations are healthy and abundant in Hawaiian waters.

Summary

Big-eye and mackerel scad live in shallow coastal waters where they travel in schools of hundreds to thousands. They are culturally important to native Hawaiians who have fished them for generations. Scad are resilient to fishing pressure, since they mature quickly and produce numerous offspring.

Forty years of fisheries data and recent population assessments indicate that big-eye and mackerel scad are healthy and not overfished in Hawaiian waters. They're caught in commercial, subsistence and recreational fisheries using handlines and small mesh nets - techniques with very little bycatch.


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