View Full Version : Fish Consumption Advisories

11-17-2004, 10:14 AM
Got this from the Greenpeace website, pretty scary especialy if like to eat fish as mush as i do. "

Mercury pollution thus has a dual-pronged effect. Poor people who fish for their own food in mercury-laden waters are at risk, but so are the wealthy who aren't price sensitive when it comes to what they perceive as a healthy diet rich in sushi, halibut, ahi tuna, swordfish and seabass. This leads to a paradox: The better off you are, the worse off you are."
Katharine Mieszkowski

These advisories are intended for women of childbearing age and small children.

Developing fetuses and small children are especially susceptible to health impairment from elevated mercury levels.

However, if other people wish to reduce their exposure to mercury, they should also generally adhere to these advisories and also work to reduce mercury pollution at the source.

Fish that are low in mercury and can be eaten in moderation:

Abalone (farmed), Anchovies, Butterfish, Calamari (squid), Catfish, Caviar (farmed), Clams, Crab (king), Crawfish/crayfish, Flounder, Haddock, Hake, Herring, Lobster (spiny/rock), Mackerel (Atlantic), Mussels (farmed), Oysters, Perch (ocean), Pollock, Salmon (wild), Sardines, Scallops, Shad, Shrimp, Sole, Sturgeon (farmed),Tilapia, Trout, Whitefish

Eat sparingly (less than six 6 oz servings a month):

Carp, Cod, Crab (dungeness), Crab (blue), Crab (snow), Mahi Mahi, Monkfish, Perch (freshwater), Skate, Snapper, Tuna (canned, chunk light)

Avoid (less than three 6 oz servings a month):

Bluefish, Croaker, Halibut, Lobster (American/Maine), Rockfish, Sea Bass, Sea Trout (Weakfish), Tuna (canned, white albacore), Tuna (fresh)

Do not eat:

Grouper, Mackerel (king), Marlin, Orange Roughy, Shark, Swordfish, Tilefish

Sources used for this recommendation:

Natural Resources Defense Council,
Mercury Policy Project, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration


To find out specific fish advisories in your state, visit, www.epa.gov/waterscience/fish. (http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/fish.)

Fishing and farming practices of select species have raised environmental
concerns. Check the Ocean Friendly Seafood Guide to learn more at, www.blueocean.org. (http://www.blueocean.org.)

11-17-2004, 12:20 PM
Friends don't let friends eat farmed fish!

11-17-2004, 02:46 PM
NEW YORK Touting tofu chowder and vegetarian sushi as alternatives, animal-rights activists have launched a novel campaign arguing that fish contrary to stereotype are intelligent, sensitive animals no more deserving of being eaten than a pet dog or cat.

Called the Fish Empathy Project, the campaign reflects a strategy shift by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as it challenges a diet component widely viewed as nutritious and uncontroversial.

"No one would ever put a hook through a dog's or cat's mouth," said Bruce Friedrich, PETA's director of vegan outreach. "Once people start to understand that fish, although they come in different packaging, are just as intelligent, they'll stop eating them.":p


11-17-2004, 03:32 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote highsea:</font><hr> Friends don't let friends eat farmed fish! <hr /></blockquote>

wondering how would someone know if they are eating farmed fish or not?

11-17-2004, 03:33 PM
Ha thats nutz SF, the only way i'll stop eating fish is if they learn to speak. /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

11-17-2004, 03:44 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote nAz:</font><hr>wondering how would someone know if they are eating farmed fish or not? <hr /></blockquote>If you catch it, you know!

Actually, retailers are required to label the fish as farmed or wild. Restaurants usually use farmed fish. *yuck*

If you like fish as much as me, you would taste the difference. Farmed fish is garbage. I wouldn't feed it to a cat.