At a glance

Eco-rating Mercury Omega-3s
+-Florida pompano


The Florida pompano lives in subtropical waters and is the highest-priced marine food fish in the United States. It grows to a record 2 feet (61 cm) and lives in small to large schools in coastal areas.

Commercial Sources

Florida pompano are found in the western North Atlantic, from Massachusetts to Brazil. They are scattered around the West Indies but are absent from the clear waters of the Bahamas and similar islands.

The main source of Florida pompano is the United States.

Capture Methods

Florida pompano come from marine fisheries, not fish farms. They are primarily caught with gillnets and cast nets. Additional types of fishing gear include handlines, pound nets and seines.

+-Black pomfret


The black pomfret is found in the Indo-West Pacific and inhabits coastal areas. This sociable brown fish forms large schools and grows to 2.5 feet (76 cm) maximum length.

Commercial Sources

Black pomfret are found in the Indo-West Pacific, from East Africa to southern Japan and Australia.

The main source of black pomfret is Indonesia, followed by Thailand and Malaysia.

Capture Methods

Black pomfret come from marine fisheries, not fish farms. They are primarily caught with seines, gillnets and trawls. Additional types of fishing gear include traps and bag nets.

Recommended servings per month

Contaminant Men Women Kids 6-12 Kids 0-5
Florida pompano Mercury 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Black pomfret Unknown 4 4 4 4
Eco details: 
  • Pompano are fast-growing fish that are generally resilient to fishing pressure, but there is scant management of most pompano populations.
  • Florida pompano populations are rebuilding from previous overfishing, while little is known about the environmental impacts of catching black pomfret.