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
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
Common thresher shark < 1 0 0 0
White marlin < 1 0 0 0
Shortfin mako (HI, CA) < 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
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
Wahoo 2 2 1 1
Antarctic toothfish 2 2 1 1
Spotted seatrout (MS, NC, VA) 2 2 1 1
Patagonian toothfish 2 2 1 1
Grouper (imported) 2 2 1 1
Walleye 2 2 1 1
Weakfish 2 2 1 1
Black grouper (U.S. Gulf of Mexico) 2 2 1 1
Lingcod 2 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
Lake sturgeon 3 3 2 1
Russian sturgeon 3 3 2 1
Mutton snapper 3 3 2 1
Stellate sturgeon 3 3 2 1
European conger eel 3 4 2 1
American conger eel 3 4 2 1
European eel 3 4+ 2 1
Lane snapper 3 4+ 2 1
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
Sea urchin (CA) 4 4 4 4
Beluga sturgeon 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
Sea urchin (Canada) 4 4 4 4
Sevruga caviar (wild, imported) 4 4 4 4
Bigeye/yellowfin tuna (imported troll/pole) 4 4 4 4
Sea urchin (ME) 4 4 4 4
Yellowtail (farmed, U.S.) 4 4 4 4
White sturgeon caviar (wild, OR and WA) 4 4 4 4
Black pomfret 4 4 4 4
Yellowfin tuna (U.S. Atlantic troll/pole) 4 4 4 4
Capelin, smelt roe (Canada) 4 4 4 4
Crawfish (imported) 4 4 4 4
Paddlefish caviar (wild) 4 4 4 4
Freshwater eel 4 4 4 4
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
Lake sturgeon caviar (wild, imported) 4 4 4 4
Black sea bass (trap-caught) 4 4 4 4
Whiteleg shrimp 4+ 4 4+ 4+
Sablefish/Black Cod (Alaska, Canada) 4+ 4+ 2 2
Sablefish (CA, OR, WA) 4+ 4+ 2 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
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
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
Canned light tuna (skipjack) 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
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
Spiny Lobster 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Monkfish 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Cape hake 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Mahimahi (U.S. longline) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Wolffish 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Goosefish 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Chilean hake 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
White croaker 4+ 4+ 4+ 4
Rainbow trout (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4
Alaska cod (longline) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4
U.S. Pacific cod (trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4
Pacific herring 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+
Shad 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed or Atlantic salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Manila clam (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Brown shrimp 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+
Atlantic mackerel (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Rainbow smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Norway, Danish seine, trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Giant tiger prawn 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic cod 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Striped mullet 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Winter flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Softshell clam 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Nile) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Imported shrimp and prawns 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Paddlefish (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed striped bass 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic calico scallops 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon (CA) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific geoduck (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Chinese white shrimp 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+
Yellowtail (farmed, Australia, Japan) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Surf smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Norway gillnet and purse seine) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spot prawn (Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Abalone (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue mussel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Witch flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue crab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Chinook salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Paddlefish (wild) 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+
Wild salmon (WA) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific littleneck (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (China/Taiwan) 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+
Rex sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific sardines (U.S. & Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Whitebait smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Japanese eel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spot prawns (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
European anchovy 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Mediterranean mussel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Dungeness crab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Chum salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Arctic char (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Alaska pollock (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Common Japanese scallops 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon (OR) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Northern quahog 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Ecuador) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pink shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Basa 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific Oyster 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowfin sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spanish sardines 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Florida pompano 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+
Flounder/sole (Pacific) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Jonah crab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Coho salmon 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+
Canned salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
American plaice 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blood cockle (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (U.S.) 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+
Longfin squid (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Queen scallop 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Red porgy (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Steelhead trout 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
U.S. wild shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Northern anchovy 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific sanddab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Red king crab (imported) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pink salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Longfin smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Iceland gillnet) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Sea scallops (U.S., Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Southern flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Ocean quahog (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue tilapia 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic herring 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
White shrimp 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+
Wild Alaskan salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Butter Clam (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Anchoveta 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Dover sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue king crab (imported) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Sockeye salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic Mackerel (Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Night smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Iceland, Danish seine, trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Giant freshwater prawn 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Summer flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic surfclam (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Mozambique) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+