Mercury Guide for Fish

Amounts of mercury contained in commonly eaten fish

In the food  chain the higher the fish is the more mercury it contains.  The mercury congregates in the fish muscles.  The bigger the fish, the more muscle there is.  This is why sharks over 140 pounds are recommended not to be eaten by Florida Government.

What is Mercury Poisoning?

Fish that contain extremely high amounts of mercury:

Mackerel (King)

Marlin

Orange Roughy

Xiphias_gladius2Shark*

Swordfish

Tilefish

Tuna (Bigeye, Ahi)

Fish that contain high amounts of mercury:

Bluefish

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Mackerel (Spanish, Gulf)

Sea Bass (Chilean)

Tuna (Canned Albacore)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Fish that contain moderate amounts of mercury:

Bass (Striped, Black)

Carp

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Croaker (White Pacific)

Halibut (Atlantic)

Halibut (Pacific)

Jacksmelt (Silverside)

Lobster

Mahi Mahi

Monkfish

Perch (Freshwater)

Sablefish

Skate

Snapper

Tuna (Canned chunk light)

Tuna (Skipjack)

Weakfish (Sea Trout)

Fish that contain little to no mercury:

Anchovies

Butterfish

Catfish

Clam

Crab (Domestic)

Crawfish/CrayfishSalmon

Croaker (Atlantic)

Flounder

Haddock (Atlantic)

Hake

Herring

Mackerel (N. Atlantic, Chub)

Mullet

Oyster

Perch (Ocean)

Plaice

Pollock

Salmon (Canned)

Salmon (Fresh)

Sardine

Scallop

Shad (American)

Shrimp

Sole (Pacific)

Squid (Calamari)

Tilapia

Trout (Freshwater)

Whitefish

Whiting

*Has the largest amount of mercury

Mercury in bloodstream of children in past years:

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Even though the amounts of mercury is decreasing, the you can see that it is flattening out, and we need to go farther.

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