Guidelines for Eating Fish
“No tree has branches so foolish as to fight amongst themselves.”
I think about this every time I see an instance where we act in a manner for our own benefit without any regard for the world or anyone around us.
We are told that consuming fish is good for our health and it is but consuming “too much” isn’t so healthy for certain fish. These fish are perilously low in numbers or are caught using environmentally destructive methods. How in the world do we not realize that we will ultimately pay the consequences if we are not careful? Have we not realized that we are all part of that same tree and if we kill part of it, ultimately all of it will die?
The Food and Drug Administration, which tests fish for mercury, and the Environmental Protection Agency, which determines mercury levels that are considered safe have categorized fish from those containing the least mercury to those that contain the highest levels:
Please remember, when reading the list that certain fish, even though they may be low in mercury, are not a good choice because they have been fished so extensively that their numbers are perilously low. I’ve listed these in RED for your convenience.
Mackerel (N. Atlantic, Chub)
Shrimp* Sole (Pacific)
(Eat six servings or less per month)
Bass (Striped, Black)
Croaker (White Pacific)
Weakfish (Sea Trout)
Eat three servings or less per month:
Mackerel (Spanish, Gulf)
Sea Bass (Chilean)*
Tuna (Canned Albacore)
Tuna (Bigeye, Ahi)*