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
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
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
Lingcod 2 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
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
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
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
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
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
Whiteleg shrimp 4+ 4 4+ 4+
Sablefish, trawl (CA, OR, WA) 4+ 4+ 2 2
Sablefish/Black Cod (Alaska, Canada) 4+ 4+ 2 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
Bocaccio 4+ 4+ 3 2
Vermilion snapper 4+ 4+ 3 2
Atlantic halibut 4+ 4+ 3 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
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
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
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
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
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+
Edible oyster 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+
Atlantic sturgeon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Weathervane scallop 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Basa 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific Oyster 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+
Red porgy (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Ecuador) 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+
Chinook salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spot prawn (Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Ocean quahog (wild) 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+
Wild oysters 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+
Chum salmon 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+
Atlantic croaker (beach seine) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Common Japanese scallops 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific herring 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+
Red king crab (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spanish sardines 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pink shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Market squid 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+
Blue king crab (U.S.) 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+
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+
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+
Imitation crab (non-Alaska pollock) 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+