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Best and Worst Fish Choices

We all know that eating fish is a great way to get protein and Omega-3s but what about all that mercury and pollution from the ocean? It's hard to know which fish are considered safe and which aren't so Oceans Alive, a team of professionals who focus on protecting ecosystems and fisheries, has created a great list on the best (high in omega 3s and low in environmental contaminants) and worst seafood to eat. To see if your favorite fish makes the list (best or worst),

Best Worst
Abalone (U.S. farmed) Caviar (wild)
Anchovies Chilean seabass/toothfish
Arctic char (farmed) Cod - Atlantic
Catfish (U.S. farmed) Grouper
Caviar (U.S. farmed) Halibut - Atlantic
Clams (farmed) Marlin
Crab - Dungeness, snow (Canada), stone Monkfish/goosefish
Crawfish (U.S.) Orange roughy
Halibut - Pacific (Alaska) Rockfish/rock cod (Pacific)
Herring - Atlantic (U.S., Canada) Salmon - Atlantic (farmed)
Mackerel - Atlantic Shark
Mahimahi (U.S. Atlantic) Shrimp/prawns (imported)
Mussels (farmed) Skate
Oysters (farmed) Snapper
Sablefish/black cod (Alaska) Sturgeon (wild)
Salmon - wild (Alaska), canned pink/sockeye Swordfish (imported)
Sardines Tilefish
Scallops - bay (farmed) Tuna - bluefin
Shrimp - northern (Canada), Oregon pink, U.S. farmed
Spot prawns
Striped bass (farmed)
Sturgeon (U.S. farmed)
Sturgeon (U.S. farmed)
Tilapia (U.S.)
Join The Conversation
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 9 years
What about Trout?! But OMG< I LOOOOOOVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEE Wild King Salmon! Oh baby! I eat about a pound of it in a sitting all the time!! I think I eat WAY tooo much fish: but oh well!
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 9 years
The worst list has such good fish on it, its so sad! The only ones I steer clear of on the "worst list" is: Shark, Tuna, Farmed Salmon & Swordfish- eh, oh well! I limit my diet SOOOO much that I let myself eat some of those "bad" fish! I love Chilean Seabass soooo much! Has anyone ever tried Escolar?! Sooo Delicious! Oh but ALL SEAFOOD IS! Oh and JessNess: I AGREE 10000000% about the Albertsons fish selection! GROSS! Where do you live? Near water? I dont and that is why the fish looks like crap! Although they did have really good Steelhead Trout but I bet it was MIS-LABELED or something!
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
I could eat salmon every day! :) Tuna too!
nycgirl nycgirl 10 years
I love Mahi-mahi, but their cholesterol is kind of high for fish :(
Luxury-Diva Luxury-Diva 10 years
I'm upset about the Tuna but otherwise I'm o.k
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I hate the Albertsons seafood counter. The one here always looks horrible. The fish always looks sad and dull. I heard somewhere that sometimes stores purposely mislabel fish to make money. I loke getting fish at places like Costco or a whole foods market
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
A lot of the shrimp in store here in SoCal is farmed in Mexico. Or so the guy at the meat counter at Albertson's told me. Guess it's a good thing I hate seafood, although I sometimes wish I liked clams.
brown-sugar brown-sugar 10 years
As long as salmon is on the "best" list I'm a happy girl.
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
I am sad about the swordfish and the cod, but otherwise I feel pretty safe.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Interestingly, the food court at the new aquarium here in Atlanta gives away a pamphlet with a similar list!
mandyterry mandyterry 10 years
Oh well . . . Regardless of the mercury and pollution content I still loooove some of the fish on the "worst" list. I think this is probably most relevant to someone who is pregnant. It would most likely be advisable for someone who is preggers to avoid this worst list. I however, am not preggo and will be enjoying my chilean seabass, grouper, snapper, halibut, and bluefin tuna.
suzanne suzanne 10 years
Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! :CRY: I love Cod, Orange Roughy and Snapper... I'm having Cod for dinner tonight. I made Cod for the Crispy Lighten it up recipe!!!
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I LOVE Mahi-mahi. I come from a Hawaiian background and we ate a lot of it. It is my favorite fish!
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