Seafood health alerts

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

How much is safe to eat?

*Maximum servings that can be safely eaten each month

Fish Name Men Women Kids 6-12 Kids 0-5
Pacific Ocean Perch (WA, OR, CA)
California skate
Snowy grouper (US)
Chilipepper rockfish (US)
Japanese and Russian Pacific cod
Gag grouper (US, Gulf of Mexico)
Thornyhead
Longnose skate (Canada)
Jonah Crab
Warsaw grouper (US)
Pangasius (Farmed, Vietnam)
Splitnose
Yellowedge grouper (US)
Longnose skate (US)
European Sea Bass (farmed)
Pacific Ocean Perch (Alaska)
European pilchard sardine (imported)
Big skate
Shortfin mako (HI, CA) < 1 0 0 0
Spiny dogfish (Canada - Pacific) < 1 0 0 0
Blue marlin < 1 0 0 0
King mackerel (US) < 1 0 0 0
Spiny dogfish (Canada - Atlantic) < 1 0 0 0
Blue marlin (imported) < 1 0 0 0
Spiny dogfish (US) < 1 0 0 0
Striped marlin < 1 0 0 0
Longfin mako < 1 0 0 0
White marlin < 1 0 0 0
Blacktip shark < 1 0 0 0
Common thresher shark < 1 0 0 0
Blackfin tuna (U.S., Canada) 1 1 < 1 < 1
Bluefin tuna 1 1 < 1 < 1
Bluefin tuna 1 1 < 1 < 1
Opah (US) 1 1 1 < 1
Opah (Imported) 1 1 1 < 1
Tilefish (Gulf of Mexico/South Atlantic) 1 0 0 0
Tilefish (mid-Atlantic) 1 0 0 0
Swordfish (US, harpoon/hand line) 1 0 0 0
Swordfish (imported) 1 0 0 0
Swordfish (US, longline) 1 0 0 0
Spotted seatrout (MS, NC, VA) 2 2 1 1
Black grouper (U.S. Gulf of Mexico) 2 2 1 1
Orange roughy 2 2 1 1
Wahoo 2 2 1 1
Weakfish 2 2 1 1
Red grouper (U.S. Gulf of Mexico) 2 2 1 1
Walleye (Canada) 2 2 1 1
Walleye (US) 2 2 1 1
Walleye (Canada) 2 2 1 1
Walleye (US) 2 2 1 1
Spanish mackerel 2 2 1 1
Antarctic toothfish 2 2 1 1
Patagonian toothfish 2 2 1 1
Spotted/silver seatrout (LA, FL) 2 2 1 1
Grouper (imported) 2 2 1 1
Lingcod 2 3 2 1
Sturgeon (wild, imported) 3 3 2 1
Russian sturgeon 3 3 2 1
Wild striped bass 3 3 2 1
Bluefish 3 3 2 1
Mutton snapper 3 3 2 1
Sturgeon (wild, imported) 3 3 2 1
Russian sturgeon 3 3 2 1
Wild striped bass 3 3 2 1
Bluefish 3 3 2 1
California halibut (hook and line, trawl) 3 3 2 1
Stellate sturgeon 3 3 2 1
Beluga sturgeon 3 3 2 1
California halibut (gillnet, trawl) 3 3 2 1
Stellate sturgeon 3 3 2 1
Beluga sturgeon 3 3 2 1
California halibut (hook/line) 3 3 2 1
Lake sturgeon 3 3 2 1
Canned white/albacore tuna 3 3 2 1
Lake sturgeon 3 3 2 1
American conger eel 3 4 2 1
European conger eel 3 4 2 1
Lane snapper 3 4+ 2 1
European eel 3 4+ 2 1
European eel 3 4+ 2 1
Barramundi (Farmed - U.S.) 4 4 4 4
Yellowfin tuna (U.S. Atlantic troll/pole) 4 4 4 4
Lake sturgeon caviar (wild, imported) 4 4 4 4
Bigeye/yellowfin tuna (imported troll/pole) 4 4 4 4
White sturgeon caviar (farmed) 4 4 4 4
Beluga sturgeon 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
Sevruga caviar (wild, imported) 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
White sturgeon caviar (wild, OR and WA) 4 4 4 4
Sea urchin (Canada) 4 4 4 4
Stone crab 4 4 4 4
Paddlefish caviar (wild) 4 4 4 4
Black pomfret 4 4 4 4
White sturgeon (farmed) 4 4 4 4
Sea urchin (ME) 4 4 4 4
Albacore tuna (imported, longline) 4 4 4 4
Capelin, smelt roe (Canada) 4 4 4 4
Tai snapper (New Zealand, bottom longline) 4 4 4 4
Freshwater eel 4 4 4 4
Osetra caviar (wild, imported) 4 4 4 4
Capelin, smelt roe (Iceland) 4 4 4 4
Paddlefish caviar (farmed) 4 4 4 4
Tai snapper (New Zealand, Danish seine, trawl) 4 4 4 4
Tilapia (ponds- Ecuador, raceways- Peru) 4 4+ 4+ 4+
Whiteleg shrimp (Ecuador) 4+ 4 4+ 4+
Sablefish/Black Cod 4+ 4+ 2 2
Bocaccio 4+ 4+ 3 2
Atlantic halibut 4+ 4+ 3 2
Yellowfin (Western Central Pacific, handline) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Canary rockfish (US) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Red snapper (Gulf of Mexico) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Widow rockfish (US) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Icelandic haddock 4+ 4+ 3 2
Silk snapper 4+ 4+ 3 2
Yellowtail rockfish (US) 4+ 4+ 3 2
U.S. haddock (Gulf of Maine) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Greenland turbot 4+ 4+ 3 2
Vermilion snapper 4+ 4+ 3 2
American eel 4+ 4+ 3 2
U.S. haddock (Georges Bank) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Pacific halibut (Alaska and Canada) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Imported snapper 4+ 4+ 3 2
Wild white sturgeon (OR and WA) 4+ 4+ 3 2
American eel 4+ 4+ 3 2
Albacore tuna (U.S., Canada) 4+ 4+ 3 2
Wreckfish 4+ 4+ 4 2
Pacific whiting 4+ 4+ 4 3
Yellowtail snapper 4+ 4+ 4 3
Snow crab (US) 4+ 4+ 4 4
Southern tanner crab 4+ 4+ 4 4
Blackback flounder (US, Atlantic) 4+ 4+ 4 4+
Blackback flounder (US, Atlantic) 4+ 4+ 4 4+
White hake (Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Spiny Lobster (U.S., Mexico) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Goosefish 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Cape hake 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Yellow perch (wild, imported) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Mahimahi (U.S. troll/pole) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Chilean hake 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Yellow perch (wild, imported) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Giant Pacific Octopus (Alaska, pot) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Red hake (US) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Yellow perch (farmed, US) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Giant Pacific Octopus (British Colombia) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Silver hake (US) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Yellow perch (farmed, US) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
American/Maine lobster 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Skate (Atlantic) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Wolffish 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Mahimahi (imported, longline) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Canned light tuna (skipjack) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
White hake (US) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Caribbean spiny lobster (imported) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Mahimahi (imported troll/pole) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Octopus 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Hoki 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Caribbean spiny lobster (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Monkfish 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Argentine hake 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Mahimahi (U.S. longline) 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. and Canada Pacific cod (trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4
Pink shrimp (Oregon) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Northern shortfin squid 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Red king crab (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific sardines (U.S. & Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail (wild, US, handline) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (ponds, imported except Ecuador) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic cod 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Giant freshwater prawn (Asia) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
English sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic surfclam (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Chum salmon (Wild, US Pacific) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
U.S. wild shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Longfin smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Sea scallops (US and Canada Atlantic, dredge) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Common Japanese scallops 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic herring 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Summer flounder (US, Atlantic) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Manila clam (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Starry flounder (US, Pacific) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild Alaskan salmon (all species) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
White shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed striped bass 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue king crab (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spanish sardines 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail (wild, US, gillnet) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic mackerel (US and Canada, North Atlantic- purse seine) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pink shrimp (Gulf of Mexico and Mexico) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Canada trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Abalone (farmed - closed containment) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Striped mullet 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Petrale sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Softshell clam 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed or Atlantic salmon (conventional net pens) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Coho salmon (wild, US and Canada Pacific) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Night smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Paddlefish (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Whitemouth croaker 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific herring 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Winter flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific geoduck (farmed and wild - US, Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Giant freshwater prawn (U.S., Canada, Latin America) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed or Atlantic salmon (indoor recirculating tanks) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Eastern or American oyster 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic sturgeon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Queen scallop 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Windowpane flounder (US, Atlantic) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Canada longline, gillnet) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
American Shad 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Brown shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
European anchovy (Adriatic Sea) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue mussel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Rex sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue crab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed or Atlantic salmon (British Columbia, Faroe Islands, Maine) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pink salmon (Washington) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Rainbow smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Paddlefish (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Witch flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific littleneck (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Giant tiger prawn 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Imported shrimp and prawns 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Catfish (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Edible oyster 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spiny scallop 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Norway, Faroe Islands, UK, Greenland, Germany, Denmark) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Chinese white shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Japanese anchovy 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Mediterranean mussel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowfin sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Dungeness crab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Sockeye salmon (Washington, Oregon) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Surf smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Arctic char (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Crawfish (U.S., farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
European anchovy (Black & Mediterranean Seas) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Northern quahog 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Rainbow (Steelhead) trout (US, farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spot prawn (Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Canned salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Basa 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific Oyster 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Weathervane scallop 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Japanese eel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Northern shrimp (U.S., Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Northern anchovy 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Abalone (farmed - sea ranching) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
New Zealand green mussel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Longfin squid (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Red king crab (imported) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Japanese sardinellas 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Whitebait smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (recirculating aquaculture system) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Imitation crab (non-Alaska pollock) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Worldwide (Farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific sanddab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blood cockle (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spot prawns (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tra 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atka mackerel (US - Alaska) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed oysters 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic croaker (gillnet/trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic calico scallops 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Arrowtooth flounder (US and Canada, Pacific) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Florida pompano 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pink shrimp (Florida and Southern Atlantic) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Anchoveta 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Crawfish (U.S., wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Market squid 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue king crab (imported) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Orangespot sardines 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Alaska pollock (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail (wild, Isla Natividad, Mexico) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Dover sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Ocean quahog (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Chinook salmon (wild, US Pacific) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
U.S. farmed shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild oysters 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic croaker (beach seine) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Bay scallops (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Yellowtail (farmed, Australia, Japan) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Alewife 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
American plaice (US, Atlantic) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Butter Clam (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Arrowtooth flounder (US and Canada, Pacific) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Red porgy (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+