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