Mercury Fishing


Fish is a staple in my diet. I think I could actually live off tuna sashimi and dark chocolate… maybe add in some C (C Coconut Water) and a few fresh green juices. I’m just a girl with simple needs, well simpler than some let’s just say.

Most know the health benefits of eating fish. Research suggests that having a serving once or twice a week may reduce the risk of diseases ranging from childhood asthma to prostate cancer. Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Fish is low in fat and high in protein. However, some fish contain high levels of mercury and should be eaten rarely or not at all. Unfortunately my beloved Ahi Tuna did not rate well on the mercury scale.

Mercury is a toxic element that can be found in fish. It can wreak havoc in your system and cause serious damage over time. Women who are expecting should be especially careful as mercury can poison the fetus/baby. It is recommended that pregnant women and toddlers should stay clear from moderate – high mercury content fish.

Take note of the below guide and perhaps be a bit more mindful of what fish you’re enjoying on a regular basis.

Mercury Rating
For adults three servings or less per month of high mercury fish is advised (unless pregnant). The fish with a low – moderate level of mercury are completely fine to eat regularly and go easy on the high mercury fish.

Low Mercury Fish
Catfish, Haddock, Herring, Anchovies, Mullet, Crab, Oyster, Mackerel, Flounder, Sardine, Sole, Scallop, Trout, Squid, Salmon, Shrimp, Whitefish

Moderate Mercury Fish
Mahi Mahi, Snapper, Halibut, Cod, Bass, Perch, Monkfish, Lobster

High Mercury Fish
Sea Bass, Bluefish, Tuna (Yellowfin), Grouper

Highest Mercury Fish
Swordfish, Orange Roughy, Marlin, Tilefish, Tuna (Ahi)

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About the author
Sarah Kapeli is the Marketing Manager of NatureBee Healthfoods. Sarah is passionate about good health and wellbeing and has gained considerable knowledge of natural healthfoods and the effects on the body through her work.

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