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
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
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
Blackfin tuna (Atlantic troll/pole) 1 1 < 1 < 1
Bluefin tuna 1 1 < 1 < 1
Blackfin tuna (Atlantic longline/purse seine) 1 1 < 1 < 1
Opah 1 1 1 < 1
Bigeye tuna 1 2 1 < 1
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
Swordfish (harpoon/hand line) 1 0 0 0
Wahoo 2 2 1 1
Antarctic toothfish 2 2 1 1
Patagonian toothfish 2 2 1 1
Grouper (imported) 2 2 1 1
Spotted seatrout (MS, NC, VA) 2 2 1 1
Walleye 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
Spanish mackerel 2 2 1 1
Spotted/silver seatrout (LA, FL) 2 2 1 1
Lingcod 2 3 2 1
Lake sturgeon 3 3 2 1
Russian sturgeon 3 3 2 1
Mutton snapper 3 3 2 1
Stellate sturgeon 3 3 2 1
California halibut (hook and line, trawl) 3 3 2 1
Canned white/albacore tuna 3 3 2 1
California halibut (set gillnet) 3 3 2 1
Bluefish 3 3 2 1
Sturgeon (wild, imported) 3 3 2 1
Beluga sturgeon 3 3 2 1
Wild striped bass 3 3 2 1
American conger eel 3 4 2 1
European conger eel 3 4 2 1
Lane snapper 3 4+ 2 1
European eel 3 4+ 2 1
Capelin, smelt roe (Iceland) 4 4 4 4
Stone crab 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
Albacore tuna (imported, longline) 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, bottom longline) 4 4 4 4
Barramundi (U.S.) 4 4 4 4
White sturgeon (farmed) 4 4 4 4
Sea urchin (CA) 4 4 4 4
Beluga sturgeon caviar (wild, imported) 4 4 4 4
Tai snapper (New Zealand, Danish seine, trawl) 4 4 4 4
Sevruga caviar (wild, imported) 4 4 4 4
Sea urchin (Canada) 4 4 4 4
Bigeye/yellowfin tuna (imported troll/pole) 4 4 4 4
White sturgeon caviar (wild, OR and WA) 4 4 4 4
Black pomfret 4 4 4 4
Sea urchin (ME) 4 4 4 4
Yellowtail (farmed, U.S.) 4 4 4 4
Crawfish (imported) 4 4 4 4
Yellowfin tuna (U.S. Atlantic troll/pole) 4 4 4 4
Capelin, smelt roe (Canada) 4 4 4 4
Paddlefish caviar (wild) 4 4 4 4
Freshwater eel 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
Yelloweye rockfish 4+ 4+ 3 2
American eel 4+ 4+ 3 2
Yellowtail rockfish 4+ 4+ 3 2
Bocaccio 4+ 4+ 3 2
Atlantic halibut 4+ 4+ 3 2
Red snapper (Gulf of Mexico) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Rockfish (hook and line) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Albacore tuna (U.S., Canada) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Silk snapper 4+ 4+ 3 2
Rockfish (trawl) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Icelandic haddock 4+ 4+ 3 2
Wild white sturgeon (OR and WA) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Yellowfin tuna 4+ 4+ 3 2
Vermilion snapper 4+ 4+ 3 2
Canary rockfish 4+ 4+ 3 2
U.S. haddock (hook and line) 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
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
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
Mahimahi (U.S. longline) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Wolffish 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Chilean hake 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Goosefish 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Yellow perch (Lake Erie) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Canned light tuna (skipjack) 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
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
Alaska cod (longline) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4
U.S. Pacific cod (trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4
White croaker 4+ 4+ 4+ 4
Rainbow trout (farmed) 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+
American plaice 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blood cockle (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Canned salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed oysters 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Longfin squid (U.S.) 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+
Red porgy (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific sanddab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Red king crab (imported) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pink salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Steelhead trout 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+
Southern flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Ocean quahog (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue tilapia 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild oysters 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Market squid 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic croaker (trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spiny scallop 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic herring 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
White shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Butter Clam (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild Alaskan salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Dover 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+
Summer flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic surfclam (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Mozambique) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Giant freshwater prawn 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Northern shortfin squid 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic croaker (non-trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Weathervane scallop 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific herring 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Manila clam (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Shad 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed or Atlantic salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
English 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+
Atlantic mackerel (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Rainbow smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Winter flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Softshell clam 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Nile) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Giant tiger prawn 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic cod 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Striped mullet 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed striped bass 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+
Pacific geoduck (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon (CA) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Eastern or American oyster 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Petrale 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+
Atlantic pollock (Norway gillnet and purse seine) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail (farmed, Australia, Japan) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Surf smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Witch 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+
Imitation crab (non-Alaska pollock) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic sturgeon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Whitemouth croaker 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Bay scallops (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Paddlefish (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific littleneck (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (China/Taiwan) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon (WA) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Edible oyster 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Rex 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+
Japanese eel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Whitebait smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail flounder 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 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Mediterranean mussel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Alaska pollock (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Common Japanese scallops 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Arctic char (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Northern quahog 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Ecuador) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon (OR) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific Oyster 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowfin sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spanish sardines 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pink shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Basa 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Florida pompano 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Flounder/sole (Pacific) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Jonah crab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Coho salmon 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+