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.
Octopus (Tako) – Philippines These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Octopus grows fast and produces many young – traits that help it withstand fishing pressure.

Several species of Octopus are commercially fished in the Philippines; the main species is Day Octopus. In the Philippines, Octopus is found in coral reefs and caught using a variety of gear, including  jigs, hook/gaff, spears and baited traps.

There is overall lack of management and monitoring for the Philippines Octopus fishery, and because of this Octopus from the Philippines are rated red.

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.