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
Thornyhead
Splitnose
Longnose skate
Big skate
California skate
Sablefish, trap (CA, OR, WA)
Chilipepper rockfish
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
Striped marlin < 1 0 0 0
White marlin < 1 0 0 0
Spiny dogfish < 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
Swordfish (harpoon/hand line) 1 0 0 0
Swordfish (imported) 1 0 0 0
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
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
Antarctic toothfish 2 2 1 1
Grouper (imported) 2 2 1 1
Patagonian toothfish 2 2 1 1
Lingcod 2 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
Wild striped bass 3 3 2 1
Sturgeon (wild, imported) 3 3 2 1
Beluga sturgeon 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
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
Tai snapper (New Zealand, bottom longline) 4 4 4 4
Sevruga caviar (wild, imported) 4 4 4 4
White sturgeon (farmed) 4 4 4 4
Tai snapper (New Zealand, Danish seine, trawl) 4 4 4 4
White sturgeon caviar (wild, OR and WA) 4 4 4 4
Black pomfret 4 4 4 4
Crawfish (imported) 4 4 4 4
Black sea bass (trap-caught) 4 4 4 4
Freshwater eel 4 4 4 4
Paddlefish caviar (wild) 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
Whiteleg shrimp 4+ 4 4+ 4+
Sablefish, trawl (CA, OR, WA) 4+ 4+ 2 2
Sablefish/Black Cod (Alaska, Canada) 4+ 4+ 2 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
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
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
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
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
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
Orangespot sardines 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+
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+
Tilapia (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild Alaskan salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Butter Clam (farmed) 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+
Longfin squid (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue king crab (imported) 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+
Blue tilapia 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed or Atlantic salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Manila clam (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spanish sardines 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+
Atlantic mackerel (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Norway, Danish seine, trawl) 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+
Dover sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Softshell clam 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Sea scallops (mid-Atlantic) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Paddlefish (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Mozambique) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon (CA) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
American plaice 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific geoduck (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Queen scallop 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+
Yellowtail (wild, Isla Natividad, Mexico) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Norway gillnet and purse seine) 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+
English sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue crab 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+
Tilapia (Nile) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon (WA) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Summer flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific littleneck (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spiny scallop 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+
Japanese eel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail (wild, US, handline) 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+
Petrale sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Dungeness crab 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+
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+
Weathervane scallop 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Basa 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific Oyster 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic sturgeon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (China/Taiwan) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Shad 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail (wild, US, gillnet) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Florida pompano 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Japanese sardinellas 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+
Crawfish (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Rainbow smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Canada, 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+
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+
Farmed oysters 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Ecuador) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Red porgy (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+