Recommended servings per month
|Contaminant||Men||Women||Kids 6-12||Kids 0-5|
|Wild Alaskan salmon (all species)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Atlantic or Farmed salmon (closed tanks, worldwide)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Wild salmon (CA)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Wild salmon (WA)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Wild salmon (OR)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Chinook salmon (wild, US Pacific)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Chum salmon (Wild, US Pacific)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Coho salmon (wild, US and Canada Pacific)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Pink salmon (Washington)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Sockeye salmon (Washington, Oregon)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4+|
|Farmed or Atlantic salmon (conventional net pens)||*PCBs||4||4||4||4|
- Most salmon sold in U.S. supermarkets and restaurants are farmed and labeled Atlantic salmon. Most are imported from Chile and Canada. (Wild Atlantic salmon is endangered in the U.S and cannot be caught commercially.)
- Salmon farming is associated with numerous environmental concerns, including water pollution, chemical use, parasites and disease.
- Wild salmon from Alaska come from a well-managed fishery and are low in contaminants. There are five species of wild salmon from Alaska: chinook, chum, coho, pink, and sockeye. All come from well-managed fisheries and are low in contaminants.
- Arctic char, a member of the salmon family, comes primarily from eco-friendly farms.