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Recommended servings per month
|Contaminant||Men||Women||Kids 6-12||Kids 0-5|
|Alaska cod (longline, pot, jig)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4|
|U.S. and Canada Pacific cod (trawl)||Mercury||4+||4+||4+||4|
|Japanese and Russian Pacific cod||Unknown|
- Atlantic and Pacific cod are the two species caught commercially in U.S. waters.
- The Pacific species (coming primarily from Alaska) is more abundant.
- Atlantic cod populations have been heavily fished for decades. It is now caught under an innovative new ‘sector’ management plan. Discards in the New England fishery have dramatically decreased, sector fishermen stayed under their catch limits for all groundfish species, and less gear was deployed compared to previous years.