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Trevally/Jack Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Black & White Ulua, Butaguchi, Jacks Hawaii Wild

Trevally/Jack, Wild, Hawaii

Trevally matures and reproduces quickly, making it fairly resilient to fishing pressure. However, uncertainty about stock status, as well bycatch and management concerns, make trevally a "Good Alternative."


Trevally, also called jack, is caught year-round in Hawaiian waters. Populations throughout the Hawaiian Islands do not appear to be overfished at the present time, but managers have little scientific understanding of the populations.

Trevally is caught using handlines that target snappers and groupers. There is moderate bycatch associated with this fishery, as snappers and groupers that are caught are retained and marketed as desirable seafood, but other species may be discarded.

Trevally is managed by both state and federal agencies. There is a fishery management plan in place for trevally, restricting the type of gear used. There are also catch limits for both commercial and recreational fishing.

Due to stock status uncertainty, as well as bycatch and management concerns, trevally is rated as a "Good Alternative."

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