Recently the MCS (Marine Conservation Society) downgraded their rating for mackerel to 'only eat occasionally' and the MSC removed their accreditation of the species. These decisions are based on the actions of Faroese and Icelandic boats fishing indiscriminately for the species. Their actions have led to all fisheries being impacted.
The Cornish hand-line fishery is a wonderful example of sustainable fishing at its best. We think the actions of both the MSC and indeed the MCS should have been more targeted and that they should be championing the best practice fisheries and recommending people source form these fisheries and not others. We only source hand-line mackerel from Cornwall and wholeheartedly recommend it.
Mackerel hunt continuously and are not that fussy, as you will know if you have ever caught them when fishing. They are in fact related to Tuna and although clearly much smaller, they share many physical traits and move through the water like a torpedo. Their relentless search for food makes them superfit and it is this healthy lifestyle that makes them such a healthy eating option. It is for this reason that they are not only enjoyed by us, but also targeted by many other sea and air based predators.