The Safina Center

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

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Swordfish – California, Gillnet These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Swordfish are a large, migratory fish found in temperate and tropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. They grow reasonably fast and mature quickly, typically within six years.

Off California, Swordfish is also caught with drift gillnets. The bycatch of marine mammals and other protected species is minimized in these fisheries by management measures.

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 about mercury in swordfish. Check out our mercury in seafood section.