The Safina Center

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

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Lingcod – U.S. and Canada A fishery targeting this species has been certified as sustainable and well managed to the Marine Stewardship Council's environmental standard. Learn more at
These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Lingcod, which aren’t actually related to cod, are found along the west coast of North America and live on the ocean bottom. Males can be especially sedentary, establishing territories before spawning and guarding fertilized eggs until they hatch. Lingcod were once depleted, but are now considered rebuilt.

Most commercially caught Lingcod are taken along with other groundfish in trawl fisheries. Bycatch of depleted rockfish in trawl fisheries remains a problem and the trawls damage bottom ocean habitats. Some Lingcod are caught with hook and line, which have minimal affects on non-target species and bottom habitats.

The Marine Stewardship Council recently certified U.S. West Coast Lingcod as sustainable.

Full Seafood Watch species report here.

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