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