Mackerel is a common name applied to a number of different species of pelagic fish, mostly, but not exclusively, from the family Scombridae. They are found in both temperate and tropical seas, mostly living along the coast or offshore in the oceanic environment.

Pacific mackerel (Scomber japonicus) are a temperate and subtropical schooling fish found throughout the eastern Pacific. They are one of the most abundant sport-caught fish off California, and support an important commercial fishery as well. Recreational fishermen target Pacific mackerel using hook-and-line gear, while commercial fishermen use purse seine gear. Pacific mackerel are commonly used for human consumption, pet food, and bait. They are also a prey item for many marine mammals, birds, and predatory fish. Commercial landings have fluctuated since the start of the fishery, and are influenced by both environmental factors and market demands. Pacific mackerel are actively managed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council under the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan.

Types of Fish in the Channel Islands Region

Rockfish, or Sebastes, is a genus of fish in the Sebastidae family. Rockfish range from
White Sea Bass
White sea bass fishing usually begins sometime in the spring with March the typical
Halibut are the biggest known flatfish which make them prized for food. Masters of camouflage
Sheephead fish are a large member of the wrasse family of fish species. Larger Sheephead
The barracuda is a ray-finned fish known for its large size and fearsome appearance.
Yellow Tail
Yellowtail are the most popular targeted game fish year-round for Ventura county anglers
Salmon is the common name for several species of fish in the family Salmonidae.
Ling Cod
“Lingcod” is somewhat of a misnomer, as it is neither a Ling or Cod, but a a member of the greenling family.
Pacific mackerel (Scomber japonicus) are a temperate and subtropical schooling fish found