Seafood health alerts

How much is safe to eat?

Fish is generally healthy to eat, but some types should be eaten in moderation (or in some cases, even avoided). This chart lists fish according to their average mercury concentration, including how much can safely be eaten each month (assuming no other contaminated fish is consumed). The advice is based on EPA guidance and the latest mercury data. See the green sections below – or re-sort the list - for safer seafood options

*Maximum servings that can be safely eaten each month

Fish Name Men Women Kids 6-12 Kids 0-5
European Sea Bass (farmed)
Big skate
California skate
Chilipepper rockfish
Japanese and Russian Pacific cod
Thornyhead
Jonah Crab
Splitnose
Longnose skate
Common thresher shark < 1 0 0 0
Shortfin mako (HI, CA) < 1 0 0 0
Blue marlin < 1 0 0 0
King mackerel < 1 0 0 0
Blue marlin (imported) < 1 0 0 0
Striped marlin < 1 0 0 0
Spiny dogfish < 1 0 0 0
White marlin < 1 0 0 0
Longfin mako < 1 0 0 0
Blacktip shark < 1 0 0 0
Blackfin tuna (U.S., Canada) 1 1 < 1 < 1
Bluefin tuna 1 1 < 1 < 1
Opah 1 1 1 < 1
Bigeye tuna 1 2 1 < 1
Tilefish (Gulf of Mexico/South Atlantic) 1 0 0 0
Tilefish (mid-Atlantic) 1 0 0 0
Swordfish (harpoon/hand line) 1 0 0 0
Swordfish (imported) 1 0 0 0
Swordfish from U.S. 1 0 0 0
Red grouper (U.S. Gulf of Mexico) 2 2 1 1
Orange roughy 2 2 1 1
Spotted seatrout (MS, NC, VA) 2 2 1 1
Weakfish 2 2 1 1
Spanish mackerel 2 2 1 1
Wahoo 2 2 1 1
Walleye 2 2 1 1
Grouper (imported) 2 2 1 1
Antarctic toothfish 2 2 1 1
Patagonian toothfish 2 2 1 1
Black grouper (U.S. Gulf of Mexico) 2 2 1 1
Spotted/silver seatrout (LA, FL) 2 2 1 1
Lingcod 2 3 2 1
Stellate sturgeon 3 3 2 1
Canned white/albacore tuna 3 3 2 1
California halibut (hook and line, trawl) 3 3 2 1
California halibut (gillnet, trawl) 3 3 2 1
Mutton snapper 3 3 2 1
Wild striped bass 3 3 2 1
Bluefish 3 3 2 1
Sturgeon (wild, imported) 3 3 2 1
Beluga sturgeon 3 3 2 1
Lake sturgeon 3 3 2 1
California halibut (hook/line) 3 3 2 1
Russian sturgeon 3 3 2 1
European conger eel 3 4 2 1
American conger eel 3 4 2 1
Lane snapper 3 4+ 2 1
European eel 3 4+ 2 1
Albacore tuna (imported, longline) 4 4 4 4
Capelin, smelt roe (Iceland) 4 4 4 4
Paddlefish caviar (farmed) 4 4 4 4
Lake sturgeon caviar (wild, imported) 4 4 4 4
Tai snapper (New Zealand, bottom longline) 4 4 4 4
White sturgeon (farmed) 4 4 4 4
White sturgeon caviar (farmed) 4 4 4 4
Barramundi (U.S.) 4 4 4 4
Beluga sturgeon caviar (wild, imported) 4 4 4 4
Tai snapper (New Zealand, Danish seine, trawl) 4 4 4 4
Black sea bass (trap-caught, handline) 4 4 4 4
Russian, Siberian, White, Beluga, Sevruga Caviar (U.S., farmed) 4 4 4 4
Yellowfin tuna (U.S. Atlantic troll/pole) 4 4 4 4
Sevruga caviar (wild, imported) 4 4 4 4
Black pomfret 4 4 4 4
Bigeye/yellowfin tuna (imported troll/pole) 4 4 4 4
Crawfish (imported) 4 4 4 4
Sea urchin (CA) 4 4 4 4
Black sea bass (trawl-caught) 4 4 4 4
White sturgeon caviar (wild, OR and WA) 4 4 4 4
Freshwater eel 4 4 4 4
Sea urchin (Canada) 4 4 4 4
Stone crab 4 4 4 4
Paddlefish caviar (wild) 4 4 4 4
Sea urchin (ME) 4 4 4 4
Capelin, smelt roe (Canada) 4 4 4 4
Osetra caviar (wild, imported) 4 4 4 4
Whiteleg shrimp (Ecuador) 4+ 4 4+ 4+
Sablefish/Black Cod 4+ 4+ 2 2
Canary rockfish 4+ 4+ 3 2
Albacore tuna (U.S., Canada) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Widow rockfish 4+ 4+ 3 2
Icelandic haddock 4+ 4+ 3 2
Yellowfin tuna 4+ 4+ 3 2
Yellowfin (Western Central Pacific, handline) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Wild white sturgeon (OR and WA) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Yellowtail rockfish 4+ 4+ 3 2
U.S. haddock (hook and line) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Greenland turbot 4+ 4+ 3 2
Red snapper (Gulf of Mexico) 4+ 4+ 3 2
U.S. haddock (trawl) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Pacific halibut (Alaska and Canada) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Silk snapper 4+ 4+ 3 2
Vermilion snapper 4+ 4+ 3 2
American eel 4+ 4+ 3 2
Bocaccio 4+ 4+ 3 2
Atlantic halibut 4+ 4+ 3 2
Imported snapper 4+ 4+ 3 2
Wreckfish 4+ 4+ 4 2
Pacific whiting 4+ 4+ 4 3
Yellowtail snapper 4+ 4+ 4 3
Snow crab (US) 4+ 4+ 4 4
Southern tanner crab 4+ 4+ 4 4
Goosefish 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Chilean hake 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Yellow perch (Lake Erie) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Mahimahi (U.S. troll/pole) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Red hake 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Yellow perch (Lake Huron/Lake Ontario) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Silver hake 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
American/Maine lobster 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Giant Pacific Octopus (Alaska, pot) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
White hake 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Caribbean spiny lobster (imported) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Mahimahi (imported, longline) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Giant Pacific Octopus (British Colombia) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Hoki 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Caribbean spiny lobster (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Argentine hake 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Skate (Atlantic) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Mahimahi (imported troll/pole) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Octopus 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Spiny Lobster (U.S., Mexico) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Cape hake 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Monkfish 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Wolffish 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Mahimahi (U.S. longline) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Canned light tuna (skipjack) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Alaska cod (longline) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4
U.S. and Canada Pacific cod (trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4
White croaker 4+ 4+ 4+ 4
Rainbow trout (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4
Dover sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Ocean quahog (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Coho salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
U.S. farmed shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic croaker (beach seine) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Sea scallops (mid-Atlantic) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific herring 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
American plaice 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Butter Clam (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Mozambique) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild Alaskan salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Northern shortfin squid 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Red king crab (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Queen scallop 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pink shrimp (Oregon) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Anchoveta 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Norway, Danish seine, trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail (wild, US, handline) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic mackerel (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Striped mullet 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
English sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic surfclam (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pink salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
U.S. wild shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Giant freshwater prawn (Asia) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Sea scallops (U.S., Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail (farmed, Australia, Japan) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Longfin smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Summer flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Manila clam (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Nile) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed or Atlantic salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Eastern or American oyster 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed striped bass 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue king crab (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spiny scallop 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
White shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Norway gillnet and purse seine) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail (wild, US, gillnet) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue mussel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Petrale sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Softshell clam 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Sockeye salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic cod 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Paddlefish (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Imitation crab (non-Alaska pollock) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Whitemouth croaker 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Night smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Winter flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific geoduck (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Giant freshwater prawn (U.S., Canada, Latin America) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon (CA) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Edible oyster 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic sturgeon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Weathervane scallop 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (China/Taiwan) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Japanese eel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Shad 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Mediterranean mussel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Rex sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue crab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Japanese sardinellas 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Brown shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Abalone (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Paddlefish (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Alaska pollock (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Rainbow smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Witch flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific littleneck (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Giant tiger prawn 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon (WA) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific Oyster 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic calico scallops 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Imported shrimp and prawns 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Catfish (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Florida pompano 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Ecuador) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
New Zealand green mussel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowfin sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Dungeness crab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Orangespot sardines 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Chinese white shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
European anchovy (Adriatic Sea) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Arctic char (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Canada, U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Crawfish (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
European anchovy (Black & Mediterranean Seas) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Surf smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Northern quahog 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Chinook salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spot prawn (Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon (OR) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed oysters 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Bay scallops (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Alewife 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Basa 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Red porgy (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Longfin squid (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Red king crab (imported) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific sardines (U.S. & Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Northern shrimp (U.S., Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Japanese anchovy 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Whitebait smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Iceland gillnet) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific sanddab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blood cockle (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Chum salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Steelhead trout 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spot prawns (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Canned salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Worldwide (Farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild oysters 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic croaker (gillnet/trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Common Japanese scallops 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic herring 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tra 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue tilapia 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Market squid 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue king crab (imported) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spanish sardines 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pink shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Northern anchovy 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Iceland, Danish seine, trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail (wild, Isla Natividad, Mexico) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic Mackerel (Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+