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Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

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Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

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Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

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704-336-4700

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Let's Talk About...What fish are safe to eat?

What fish is safe to eatMost fish are good to eat and good for you—high in protein and other nutrients, and low in fat. But some kinds of fish contain high amounts of mercury, which can cause health problems in people, especially children. People should avoid eating those fish. To help you make the healthiest choices, North Carolina offers the following advice.
 
 
 
Fish LOW in Mercury
  • Women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children under age 15  - eat up to 2 meals per week
  • All other people  - eat up to 4 meals per week 
Fish HIGH in Mercury
  • Women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children under age 15 - do not eat
  • All other people - eat only 1 meal per week
AVOID fish that are HIGH in mercury:
Ocean fish:
  • Almaco jack
  • Banded rudderfish
  • Canned white tuna (albacore tuna)
  • Cobia
  • Crevalle jack
  • Greater amberjack
  • South Atlantic grouper (gag, scamp, red and snowy)
  • King Mackerel
  • Ladyfish
  • Little tunny
  • Marlin
  • Orange roughy
  • Shark
  • Spanish mackerel
  • Swordfish
  • Tilefish
  • Tuna (fresh or frozen)**
Freshwater fish:
  • Blackfish (bowfin)*
  • Catfish (caught wild)*
  • Jack fish (chain pickerel)*
  • Largemouth bass (statewide)
  • Warmouth*
*High mercury levels have been found in blackfish (bowfin), catfish, jack fish (chain pickerel), and warmouth caught south and east of Interstate 85.
**Different species from canned light tuna
 
EAT fish that are LOW in mercury:
Ocean fish:
  • Black drum
  • Canned light tuna
  • Cod
  • Crab
  • Croaker
  • Flounder
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Herring
  • Jacksmelt
  • Lobster
  • Mahi-mahi
  • Ocean perch
  • Oysters
    Pollock
  • Pompano
  • Red drum
  • Salmon (canned, fresh or frozen)
  • Scallops
  • Sheepshead
  • Shrimp
  • Skate
  • Southern kingfish (sea mullet)
  • Spot
  • Speckled trout (spotted sea trout)
  • Tripletail
  • Whitefish
  • White grunt
Freshwater fish:
  • Bluegill Sunfish
  • Farm-raised catfish
  • Farm-raised crayfish
  • Farm-raised trout
  • Tilapia
  • Trout
Source: N.C. Division of Public Health. For more information, call 919-707-5900 or see http://www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/fish/current.html.

Address

Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

Office Location:


Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

MAP

HOW ARE WE DOING?

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Contact

Please do not send confidential information via email.
704-336-4700

Key Initiatives