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)
  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
  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
  Orange roughy
  Rockfish/rock cod (Pacific)
  Salmon – Atlantic (farmed)
  Shrimp/prawns (imported)
  Sturgeon (wild)
  Swordfish (imported)
  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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