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)
Gag grouper (US, Gulf of Mexico)
Japanese and Russian Pacific cod
Thornyhead
Longnose skate (Canada)
Warsaw grouper (US)
Jonah Crab
Pangasius (Farmed, Vietnam)
Splitnose
Yellowedge grouper (US)
Longnose skate (US)
Pacific Ocean Perch (Alaska)
European Sea Bass (farmed)
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
Wahoo 2 2 1 1
Orange roughy 2 2 1 1
Weakfish 2 2 1 1
Red grouper (U.S. Gulf of Mexico) 2 2 1 1
Walleye (US) 2 2 1 1
Walleye (Canada) 2 2 1 1
Walleye (US) 2 2 1 1
Walleye (Canada) 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
Sturgeon (wild, imported) 3 3 2 1
Mutton snapper 3 3 2 1
Russian sturgeon 3 3 2 1
Wild striped bass 3 3 2 1
California halibut (hook and line, trawl) 3 3 2 1
Bluefish 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
Yellowfin tuna (U.S. Atlantic troll/pole) 4 4 4 4
Barramundi (Farmed - U.S.) 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
Black pomfret 4 4 4 4
Paddlefish caviar (wild) 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
Wild white sturgeon (OR and WA) 4+ 4+ 3 2
American eel 4+ 4+ 3 2
Imported snapper 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
Cape hake 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Goosefish 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
Red hake (US) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Giant Pacific Octopus (Alaska, pot) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Yellow perch (farmed, US) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Silver hake (US) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Giant Pacific Octopus (British Colombia) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
American/Maine lobster 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Yellow perch (farmed, US) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Wolffish 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Skate (Atlantic) 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
Hoki 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Octopus 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Caribbean spiny lobster (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Argentine hake 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Monkfish 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
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+
Pink shrimp (Oregon) 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+
Chum salmon (Wild, US Pacific) 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+
English sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic surfclam (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Common Japanese scallops 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic herring 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Longfin smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Sea scallops (US and Canada Atlantic, dredge) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Starry flounder (US, Pacific) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild Alaskan salmon (all species) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Summer flounder (US, Atlantic) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Manila clam (farmed) 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+
White shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Canada trawl) 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+
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+
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+
Whitemouth croaker 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific herring 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Night smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Paddlefish (farmed) 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+
Winter flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific geoduck (farmed and wild - US, Canada) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic sturgeon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Queen scallop 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Eastern or American oyster 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic pollock (Canada longline, gillnet) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
American Shad 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Windowpane flounder (US, Atlantic) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed or Atlantic salmon (British Columbia, Faroe Islands, Maine) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pink salmon (Washington) 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+
Rainbow smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Paddlefish (wild) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Giant tiger prawn 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Wild salmon 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Witch flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific littleneck (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spiny scallop 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+
Atlantic pollock (Norway, Faroe Islands, UK, Greenland, Germany, Denmark) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Dungeness crab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Sockeye salmon (Washington, Oregon) 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+
Crawfish (U.S., farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
European anchovy (Black & Mediterranean Seas) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Surf smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Arctic char (farmed) 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+
Yellowtail flounder 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Northern quahog 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Weathervane scallop 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Basa 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific Oyster 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Japanese eel 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Red king crab (imported) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Japanese sardinellas 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+
Whitebait smelt 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tilapia (recirculating aquaculture system) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Imitation crab (non-Alaska pollock) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Spot prawns (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Worldwide (Farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Pacific sanddab 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blood cockle (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic croaker (gillnet/trawl) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atlantic calico scallops 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Tra 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Atka mackerel (US - Alaska) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Farmed oysters 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Arrowtooth flounder (US and Canada, Pacific) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Florida pompano 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Market squid 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Blue king crab (imported) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Orangespot sardines 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+
Yellowtail (wild, Isla Natividad, Mexico) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Alaska pollock (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Chinook salmon (wild, US Pacific) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
U.S. farmed shrimp 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Dover sole 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Ocean quahog (wild) 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+
Wild oysters 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Arrowtooth flounder (US and Canada, Pacific) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Red porgy (U.S.) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
American plaice (US, Atlantic) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
Butter Clam (farmed) 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+