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
Splitnose
Longnose skate
Big skate
California skate
Sablefish, trap (CA, OR, WA)
Chilipepper rockfish
Thornyhead
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
Striped marlin < 1 0 0 0
White marlin < 1 0 0 0
Spiny dogfish < 1 0 0 0
Longfin mako < 1 0 0 0
Bluefin tuna 1 1 < 1 < 1
Blackfin tuna (Atlantic longline/purse seine) 1 1 < 1 < 1
Blackfin tuna (Atlantic troll/pole) 1 1 < 1 < 1
Opah 1 1 1 < 1
Bigeye tuna 1 2 1 < 1
Swordfish from U.S. 1 0 0 0
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
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
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
Lingcod 2 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
Sturgeon (wild, imported) 3 3 2 1
Wild striped bass 3 3 2 1
Beluga sturgeon 3 3 2 1
Lake sturgeon 3 3 2 1
European conger eel 3 4 2 1
American conger eel 3 4 2 1
European eel 3 4+ 2 1
Lane snapper 3 4+ 2 1
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
Crawfish (imported) 4 4 4 4
Black sea bass (trap-caught) 4 4 4 4
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
Stone crab 4 4 4 4
Yellowfin tuna (U.S. Atlantic troll/pole) 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
Lake sturgeon caviar (wild, imported) 4 4 4 4
Sea urchin (ME) 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
Canary rockfish 4+ 4+ 3 2
Imported snapper 4+ 4+ 3 2
Widow rockfish 4+ 4+ 3 2
Icelandic haddock 4+ 4+ 3 2
Albacore tuna (U.S., Canada) 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
Wild white sturgeon (OR and WA) 4+ 4+ 3 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
Wreckfish 4+ 4+ 4 2
Yellowtail snapper 4+ 4+ 4 3
Pacific whiting 4+ 4+ 4 3
Snow crab (US) 4+ 4+ 4 4
Southern tanner crab 4+ 4+ 4 4
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
Wolffish 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
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
White croaker 4+ 4+ 4+ 4
Rainbow trout (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4
Alaska cod (longline) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4
U.S. Pacific cod (trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4
Atlantic croaker (beach seine) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Common Japanese scallops 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific herring 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Manila clam (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue tilapia 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed or Atlantic salmon 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+
Pink shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Norway, Danish seine, trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic mackerel (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Dover sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Softshell clam 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Coho salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
U.S. farmed shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic cod 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Striped mullet 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Sea scallops (mid-Atlantic) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Paddlefish (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
American plaice 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific geoduck (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Mozambique) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon (CA) 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+
Pink shrimp (Oregon) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Norway gillnet and purse seine) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail (wild, Isla Natividad, Mexico) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
English sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue crab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pink salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
U.S. wild shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Abalone (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue mussel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Imitation crab (non-Alaska pollock) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Whitemouth croaker 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+
Summer flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific littleneck (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Nile) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon (WA) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Edible oyster 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed striped bass 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spiny scallop 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
White shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Catfish (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Japanese eel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail (wild, US, handline) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Petrale sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Dungeness crab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Sockeye salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
European anchovy (Adriatic Sea) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Mediterranean mussel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Alaska pollock (U.S.) 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+
Winter flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Northern quahog 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Giant freshwater prawn 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon (OR) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific Oyster 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic sturgeon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Weathervane scallop 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Basa 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Florida pompano 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (China/Taiwan) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Shad 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail (wild, US, gillnet) 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+
Brown shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Japanese anchovy 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Canada, U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Crawfish (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Rainbow smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Witch flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blood cockle (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Giant tiger prawn 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Canned salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed oysters 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic calico scallops 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Alewife 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Imported shrimp and prawns 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tra 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Red porgy (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Ecuador) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowfin sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Red king crab (imported) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Orangespot sardines 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Chinese white shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Northern anchovy 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Iceland gillnet) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Surf smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Ocean quahog (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Chinook salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spot prawn (Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild oysters 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic croaker (gillnet/trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Bay scallops (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic herring 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Butter Clam (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild Alaskan salmon 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+
Northern shrimp (U.S., Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Anchoveta 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Iceland, Danish seine, trawl) 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+
Pacific sanddab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic surfclam (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Chum salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Steelhead trout 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spot prawns (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+