The Safina Center

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

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Bluefish – U.S., Bottom Trawls & Gillnets 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, but also with bottom trawls and handlines. Gillnets sometimes entangle vulnerable species like marine mammals, and bottom trawls sometimes catch sea turtles and also cause damage to bottom habitats.

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.