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