Is mackerel sustainable?

Sustainable mackerel is not available yet to buy with the blue fish tick in Australia and New Zealand.

What is mackerel icefish?

Mackerel icefish (Champsocephalus gunnari) are long, slender, silver fish with a large head and mouth found in the Southern Ocean. Most Australian-caught mackerel icefish is exported overseas.

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How do I know if mackerel is sustainable?

Mackerel icefish carrying the MSC blue fish tick is certified sustainable. MSC labelled mackerel comes from a fishery that has been independently assessed to the MSC Fisheries Standard. Companies using the blue fish tick all along the supply chain have been assessed to ensure products can be traced back to an MSC certified fishery.

Why is there no sustainable mackerel available to buy in Australia and New Zealand?

There are currently no mackerel icefish with the blue fish tick available in Australia and New Zealand. Consumer demand is important. You can use your voice to ask your supermarket, fish shop or restaurant to consider stocking mackerel icefish with the MSC’s blue fish tick.

Mackerel icefish are distributed widely in sub-Antarctic latitudes, mainly around islands. The Australia mackerel icefish fishery operates in the waters off Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI). 

Mackerel facts

Mackerel icefish are part of a group of species found exclusively in the Southern Ocean known as ‘white blooded’ fish. These species survive without the red oxygen-carrying pigment haemoglobin in their blood cells, meaning their blood is colourless.

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