Seafood Advisory Programs


These seafood advisory programs discourage consumers from eating marlin and suggest healthier, environmentally-friendly seafood alternatives:

Eating Well Magazine's Seafood Guide lists striped marlin and imported blue marlin as having mercury contamination under Health Concerns.  http://www.eatingwell.com/healthy_cooking

Ocean Wise is a Vancouver (BC) Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood. Blue, striped and white marlin are listed as Not Recommended. http://www.oceanwise.ca/seafood/marlin

The Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Fishonline lists Black, Blue, Indo-Pacific and White Marlin as Fish to Avoid. http://www.fishonline.org

Environmental Defense Fund’s Oceans Alive program advises that women and children under 12 should not eat marlin at all because of elevated mercury levels. Men should severely limit their consumption. http://www.oceansalive.org

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program lists all Striped Marlin and imported Blue Marlin as Fish to Avoid on their latest U.S. Seafood Guide. http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/SeafoodWatch/web/sfw_factsheet.aspx

Greenpeace lists Marlin on its Red List of species at high risk of being sourced from fisheries using destructive fishing practices. http://www.greenpeace.org/international/seafood/red-list-of-species

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation’s Responsible Seafood Guide lists all Marlin as Fish to Avoid. http://www.guyharveyoceanfoundation.org/seafoodguide.html

Mother Earth News Sustainable Seafood Shopping Guide lists Marlin as Fish to Avoid, both as species high in mercury and not eco-friendly (overharvested). http://www.motherearthnews.com/uploadedFiles/SpecialProjects/RealFood/RHDL.pdf

The Better World Handbook’s Socially Responsible Seafood Guide features Marlin on its list of worst menu choices. http://www.betterworldhandbook.com/seafood.doc

Co-Op America’s Safe Seafood Wallet List recommends avoiding Marlin because of high toxin levels. http://www.coopamerica.org/PDF/TipSheetSafeSeafood.pdf


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