Bluefish

Bluefish

Bluefish

At a glance

Eco-rating Mercury Omega-3s
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More about Bluefish

Bluefish is a ubiquitous ocean fish except in the eastern Pacific. The bluefish feeds by pursuing and attacking other fish. It gravitates to warm waters. Bluefish grow up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) and live up to 9 years.

Commercial Sources

Bluefish are found in the subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian and Southwest Pacific Oceans, including the Mediterranean and Black Seas.

The main sources of bluefish are the United States, Turkey and Brazil.

Capture Methods

Bluefish come from marine fisheries, not fish farms. They are primarily caught with gillnets and bottom trawls.

Additional types of fishing gear include pound nets, handlines, traps and seines.

Recommended servings per month

Contaminant Men Women Kids 6-12 Kids 0-5
Bluefish Mercury, *PCBs 3 3 2 1

* This fish has been shown to have elevated PCB levels in some places. Please visit the EPA’s National Listing of Fish Advisories to check for any consumption alerts in your area.

Eco details: 
  • Bluefish, a fast-growing species, are rebounding from recent overfishing.
  • They are primarily caught with gillnets, which result in some bycatch of marine mammals.