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At a glance

Eco-rating Mercury Omega-3s
+-Striped mullet


This small schooling fish is found in coastal areas of all the world’s tropical and sub-tropical seas. It is a prey species for many other fish in the Gulf of Mexico, where it is caught both for its valuable roe, and as bait.

Commercial Sources

Mullet are caught commercially in dozens of countries. Egypt accounts for more than 90 percent of farmed production.

Capture Methods

This species comes from both marine fisheries and fish farms. In the U.S., mullet are caught by strike, cast and seine nets. Farming is usually done in ponds, often in conjunction with other species of fish.

Recommended servings per month

Contaminant Men Women Kids 6-12 Kids 0-5
Striped mullet Mercury 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Eco details: 

Striped mullet grow and reproduce rapidly, making them resilient to fishing pressure. The primary U.S. fisheries, concentrated in Florida and Louisiana, are well-managed. The nets used to catch mullet do little damage to seafloor habitats, and do not have high rates of bycatch.