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One Fish, Two Fish, Good Fish, Bad Fish

One Fish, Two Fish, Good Fish, Bad Fish

Which fish are OK to eat? Which ones have too much mercury and other contaminants? It is especially important for children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers to avoid the “bad fish.” Which fish have those great Omega-3 fatty acids that are so good for your heart?

Here’s list you can print out and keep in your wallet or purse for the next time you are at a restaurant or the fish market. This list is courtesy of Oceans Alive:

Best & Worst Seafood Choices
 
Our guide can help you choose fish that are healthy for the oceans and safe to eat. (Learn about seafood and your health and fish to avoid.)

Green text indicates fish that are both high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in environmental contaminants.
Red text indicates fish that are high in mercury or PCBs (see individual fish pages for more information).

 
  Seafood Selector FAQ: Get answers to your common questions.
  Pocket Seafood Selector: Print a wallet-sized copy of this list.
 
 
 
 
 
  Abalone (U.S. farmed)
     
 
 
 
  Anchovies
     
 
 
 
  Arctic char (farmed)
     
 
 
 
  Catfish (U.S. farmed)
     
 
 
 
  Caviar (U.S. farmed)
     
 
 
 
  Clams (farmed)
     
 
 
 
  CrabDungeness, snow (Canada), stone
     
 
 
 
  Crawfish (U.S.)
     
 
 
 
  HalibutPacific (Alaska)
     
 
 
 
  Herring – Atlantic (U.S., Canada)
     
 
 
 
  Mackerel – Atlantic
     
 
 
 
  Mahimahi (U.S. Atlantic)
     
 
 
 
  Mussels (farmed)
     
 
 
 
  Oysters (farmed)
     
 
 
 
  Sablefish/black cod (Alaska)
     
 
 
 
  Salmon – wild (Alaska), canned pink/sockeye
     
 
 
 
  Sardines
     
 
 
 
  Scallopsbay (farmed)
     
 
 
 
  Shrimp – northern (Canada), Oregon pink, U.S. farmed
     
 
 
 
  Spot prawns
     
 
 
 
  Striped bass (farmed)
     
 
 
 
  Sturgeon (U.S. farmed)
     
 
 
 
  Tilapia (U.S.)
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Caviar (wild)
     
 
 
 
  Chilean seabass/toothfish
     
 
 
 
  CodAtlantic
     
 
 
 
  Grouper
     
 
 
 
  HalibutAtlantic
     
 
 
 
  Marlin
     
 
 
 
  Monkfish/goosefish
     
 
 
 
  Orange roughy
     
 
 
 
  Rockfish/rock cod (Pacific)
     
 
 
 
  Salmon – Atlantic (farmed)
     
 
 
 
  Shark
     
 
 
 
  Shrimp/prawns (imported)
     
 
 
 
  Skate
     
 
 
 
  Snapper
     
 
 
 
  Sturgeon (wild)
     
 
 
 
  Swordfish (imported)
     
 
 
 
  Tilefish
     
 
 
 
  Tuna – bluefin
     
 
 
 
   
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
      How we rate fish on Eat Smart

Pocket Seafood Selector: Print a wallet-sized copy of this list.

Please visit Oceans Alive for more information.

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4 Responses to One Fish, Two Fish, Good Fish, Bad Fish

  1. mlankton September 3, 2007 at 8:10 am #

    I wonder what it is about Marlin and Swordfish that puts them on the bad list? Too bad, nothing like a grilled Marlin steak.

  2. John January 15, 2008 at 5:27 pm #

    Health and sustainability are really important issues with more and more consumers wanting information like this. It is encouraging to see tools for the issue become available.

    Fresh Seafood

  3. Ted July 16, 2008 at 8:00 pm #

    I’ve never seen info for wild striped bass. I know they have high levels of contaminants, but wonder how much it varies by age of fish and where they come from.
    I usually keep one each year for eating and try to keep a smaller (but legal) one.

  4. agentsully July 17, 2008 at 9:14 pm #

    @Ted – I bet you’re right that the smaller ones are less contaminated. Thanks for dropping by!

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