Species has a combination of problems such as overfishing, high bycatch, and poor management.
Orange Roughy – New ZealandThese 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.

Orange Roughy can live to be more than 100 years old and don’t reproduce until they are in their late 20’s. Most Orange Roughy in the U.S. market comes from New Zealand.

Years of heavy fishing pressure on Orange Roughy caused significant declines in their abundance. In recent years, there has been some improvement in the management of the Orange Roughy fisheries and some populations are rebuilding; however, other remain depleted.

Orange Roughy are caught with bottom trawls, which cause severe damage to the sensitive deep-sea habitats where Orange Roughy live. As well, bycatch in this fishery may include fragile coral species.

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