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. Wahoo – U.S. These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Wahoo are a fast growing, highly fecund species of fish found worldwide throughout tropical and warm temperate seas.

Wahoo are not commercially targeted but are caught in longline and troll fisheries targeting other species such as tuna and swordfish. There is a lack of information on the abundance of this species.

These fishing gears have a limited impact on bottom habitats, but some species of concern are caught. Pelagic longlines can catch high numbers of seabirds, sea turtles, and sharks. Some fisheries, such as the Hawaiian shallow-water pelagic longline, have instituted comprehensive mitigation measures to reduce bycatch.

Full Seafood Watch species report here.

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