Blue Ocean Institute

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

Although mostly caught by recreational fishers, commercial Bluefish fishers also bring this species to market.

High population growth combined with good fisheries management has seen Bluefish abundance increase over the last decade to healthy levels.

Most Bluefish are caught with gillnets, which occasionally entangle sea turtles and dolphins.  Hook and line is a more sustainable fishing method for Bluefish.

Full species report here.

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