Mahi mahi

Quality mark Cultivation
/Keurmerk Wild
Second choice

Mahi mahi

Coryphaena hippurus
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Indian Ocean, east (FAO 57)
Deelgebieden: Pacific Ocean – east and south

Farming- / Catch method


Explanation assessment

There is no stock assessment for mahi mahi in de whole Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. Because of its fast reproduction and growth rate this species is rather resilient to fishing pressure.

In these areas gillnets have relatively large amounts of bycatch of seaturtles, dolphins and seabirds. Gillnets do not damage the ocean floor, there is however, a possible effect on the ecosystem, due to the removal of its top predator.

There is no information on the managment of this fishery.



Perchids (Perciformes)  is by far the largest family of fishes and comprise more than 41% of all vertebrate fish. Perchids occur in either fresh and saltwater areas all over the world. Well-known perchids are seabass, dorado, mahi-mahi and weever.

Mahi mahi

Mahi mahi or common dolphinfish is a fast swimming, pelagic species. Mahi mahi occurs in temperate, tropical and sub-tropical waters. Mahi mahi is a remarkable fish with a very long, flattened body and a characteristic dorsal fin stretching over the entire length of the fish.

Mahi mahi is very popular amongst anglers in the Caribbean and the species is often caught as bycatch in swordfish and tuna fisheries.