Blue Ocean Institute

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

Most haddock that are caught off the coasts of New England, Canada, Iceland, and Norway are caught using habitat-damaging, high-bycatch bottom trawls. Bycatch is a serious problem in some fisheries because many bottom dwellers are caught along with the Haddock, including overfished cod.

Haddock are under heavy regulatory controls and, as a result, some populations are now at healthy levels of abundance. However, the way that Haddock has been fished seems to have created a situation in which the fish are maturing earlier in their life cycles than in the past. Younger, smaller fish are producing fewer eggs, and this may impact population growth in the future.

Full species report here.

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