Arctic char

Arctic char

Arctic Char

At a glance

Eco-rating Mercury Omega-3s
+-Arctic char (farmed)
Best
Low

More about Arctic char

Arctic char are closely related to salmon and trout. They have a circumpolar distribution around the Arctic Ocean, and many landlocked populations exist in lakes in the higher latitudes of the northern hemisphere

Capture Methods

Farmed char are predominantly grown in land-based systems that utilize tanks or raceways. Wild char is caught in stationary nets.

Recommended servings per month

Contaminant Men Women Kids 6-12 Kids 0-5
Arctic char (farmed) Mercury 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Eco details: 
  • This member of the salmon family is an environmentally friendly alternative to farmed salmon.
  • Char are mostly raised in tanks and raceways onshore, unlike salmon which are generally raised in open netpens in coastal waters.
  • Onshore systems discharge less pollution and are much less likely to let fish and parasites escape than netpens.