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Species has a combination of problems such as overfishing, high bycatch, and poor management.
Octopus, Common (Tako) – Eastern Atlanitc, Bottom Trawl These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children. Our source of information is  We also recommend that you check local advisories.

Common Octopus are wide-ranging and have short lifespans.

In the eastern Atlantic, Common Octopus are caught with bottom trawls by Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Mauritania. These bottom trawl fisheries often catch high numbers of non-target species, including some depleted, threatened, and endangered species. Bottom trawling is also highly destructive to bottom ocean habitats.

In Spain and Portugal, the abundance of the Common Octopus is uncertain, but likely stable. However, the Common Octopus populations off the coasts of Morocco and Mauritania are depleted and likely experiencing heavy fishing. Management of these fisheries is poor.

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 octopus. Check out our mercury in seafood section.