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Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Octopus, Common (Tako) – Spain and Portugal, Pot and Trap-caught These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children. Our source of information is  We also recommend that you check local advisories.

Common Octopus are wide-ranging and have short lifespans. In Spain and Portugal, the abundance of the Common Octopus is uncertain, but likely stable.

In Spain and Portugal, Common Octopus are caught with pots and traps, and also with bottom trawls in mixed-species fisheries. The pot and trap fisheries catch low amounts of non-target species and are less destructive to bottom ocean habitats compared to bottom trawls.

While some management is in place in these fisheries, fishermen compliance with the established regulations is known to be poor and needs to be improved.

Full 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 octopus. Check out our mercury in seafood section.