The Safina Center

Koho salmon.Koho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Bluefish – U.S., Handline These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Although mostly caught by recreational fishers, commercial Bluefish fishers also bring this species to market.

High population growth combined with good fisheries management has seen Bluefish abundance increase over the last decade to healthy levels.

Most Bluefish are caught with gillnets, but also with bottom trawls and handlines. Fishing for Bluefish with handlines has minimal impacts on non-target species and bottom ocean habitats.

Full Seafood Watch species report here.

This fish may have high levels of mercury and PCBs that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury and PCBs in bluefish. Check out our mercury in seafood section.