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
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
Patagonian toothfish 2 2 1 1
Grouper (imported) 2 2 1 1
Spotted seatrout (MS, NC, VA) 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
California halibut (gillnet, trawl) 3 3 2 1
Bluefish 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/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
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
Bigeye/yellowfin tuna (imported troll/pole) 4 4 4 4
Sevruga caviar (wild, imported) 4 4 4 4
Sea urchin (Canada) 4 4 4 4
Yellowfin tuna (U.S. Atlantic 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
Black sea bass (trawl-caught) 4 4 4 4
Crawfish (imported) 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
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
Lake sturgeon caviar (wild, imported) 4 4 4 4
White sturgeon (farmed) 4 4 4 4
Black sea bass (trap-caught) 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
Beluga sturgeon caviar (wild, imported) 4 4 4 4
Sea urchin (CA) 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
Yellowfin tuna 4+ 4+ 3 2
Silk snapper 4+ 4+ 3 2
Rockfish (trawl) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Icelandic haddock 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
Albacore tuna (U.S., Canada) 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
Wild white sturgeon (OR and WA) 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
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
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
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
Witch flounder 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+
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+
Pacific geoduck (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+
Eastern or American oyster 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+
Surf smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Norway gillnet and purse seine) 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+
Imitation crab (non-Alaska pollock) 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 (Ecuador) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon (WA) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Edible oyster 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+
Whitebait smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Japanese eel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Mediterranean mussel 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+
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 (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon (OR) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific Oyster 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+
Florida pompano 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
European anchovy (Black & Mediterranean Seas) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
New Zealand green mussel 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+
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+
Blue tilapia 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Canned salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed oysters 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+
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+
Summer flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Ocean quahog (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Mozambique) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild oysters 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+
Butter Clam (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild Alaskan salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail (wild, Isla Natividad, Mexico) 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+
Winter flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic surfclam (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (Nile) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Giant freshwater prawn 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+
Manila clam (farmed) 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+
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+