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