Good Fish, Bad Fish?

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Which are the healthiest fish to eat and the most sustainable for our planet; which should you avoid–and why?

Albacore tuna are among the safest fish to eat

This list was last updated in January 2010; qualifying “healthy fish” must meet the following criteria:

  • low levels of contaminants, that is less than 216 parts per billion [ppb] of mercury and 11 ppb of PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyl)
  • high amount omega-3 fats
  • come from a sustainable fishery.

Six of the healthiest fish to eat

1. Albacore Tuna (troll- or pole-caught, from the U.S. or British Columbia)
2. Salmon (wild-caught, Alaska)
3. Oysters (farmed)
4. Sardines, Pacific (wild-caught)
5. Rainbow Trout (farmed)
6. Freshwater Coho Salmon (farmed in tank systems, from the U.S.)

Six fish to avoid
1. Bluefin Tuna
2. Chilean Sea Bass (aka Patagonian Toothfish)
3. Grouper
4. Monkfish
5. Orange Roughy
6. Salmon (farmed)

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Also: Mercury levels have tripled in ocean waters, according to a 2014 study.

Resources: Seafood Watch, The Blue Ocean Institute

Learn more about tuna from Science News

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