The Safina Center

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

Species has a combination of problems such as overfishing, high bycatch, and poor management.
Mahimahi – Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru, Longline These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Mahimahi produce many eggs, grow quickly, and reach sexual maturity at a young age, making them resilient to fishing pressure. No formal population assessments have been completed in any region, so their current population sizes are not known.

Mahimahi are caught by a variety of fishing gears including longlines. This type of fishing also captures a number of other species, including sea turtles, marine mammals, seabirds and sharks. Because of the lack of management in place in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru to reduce bycatch of these vulnerable species, these fisheries are rated red.

Full Seafood Watch species report here.

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