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Atlantic bonito

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Mackerel-like fish

Mackerel-like (Scrombodei) from a subspecies of the Perciformes, the biggest order of fish. Mackerel (Atlantic-, horse mackerel etc), tuna, swordfish and barracudas all fall among the mackerel-like fish. Globally it is a very popular fish and forms an important source of food and income for many people. Mackerel are pelagic fish that live in large schools. While swimming in large schools, mackerel-like fish confuse their predators with the silver-like brilliance from their scales. Island mackerel is the smallest with 2o cm, the largest is the bluefin tuna that can reach a size of over 5 meters.

Atlantic bonito

The Atlantic bonito is a slender fish that can reach lengths of up to 91 cm. The bonito is found is both salt and brackish water in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean sea at depths up to 200 metres. The Atlantic bonito is commercially very important for fisheries.

Atlantic bonito

Sarda sarda

Mediterranean (FAO 37)

Farming- / Catch method

Purse seines

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Fish stocks and fishing pressure
Ecosystem effects
Fishery management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

The availability of data of the fishery on Atlantic bonito in the Mediterranean is limited. This species is vulnerable to fishing pressureFishing pressure:
Fishing pressure is a result of the fishing effort/amount of fishing on a stock, which determines the fishing mortality. Fishing mortality is the share of the fish stock that dies annually as a result of fishing.
and is often caught directly after the spawning period.

The use of purse-seinesPurse seines:
A ring net in which the net is circulated around a school of fish. Then the net is closed and taken in. This is also called 'purse seine'. 
has a relatively low impact on vulnerable species. However, the fishery mainly fishes on bonito that is not sexually mature, which leads to a large ecological disturbance in the Mediterranean.

The management of fisheries in the Mediterranean is complex and is done by multiple international organisations and national authorities. The multitude of management systems makes the whole of the management incoherent.

Fish in season 

Fish is in season when the spawning period has ended, as the quality is then at its best.



ASC label

Fish with the ASC label is farmed in a sustainable manner.

MSC label

Fish with the MSC label is caught sustainably.

Good fish

This fish is not being overfished or is being responsibly farmed, with minimal impact on the environment.

Second choice

This fish is a second choice. There are still some improvements to be made in this fishery or fish farm.


Do not buy this fish. It's being overfished or the way it's farmed or caught has a negative impact on the environment.


There is fish available of this species that is farmed or caught using high welfare standards.


GlobalG.A.P. certified farms are doing a step in the right direction in terms of sustainability. A few species with this label are getting a better score on the VISwijzer.


Organic standards are the strictest when it comes to fish feed. They also require certain measures for animal well-being.