Chilean seabass may contain levels of mercury contamination that pose a health risk to adults and children. For nearly a decade, illegal fishing has plagued Chilean seabass populations, while killing seabirds by the thousands, including several species of endangered albatrosses. Chilean seabass are slow growing and have low numbers of offspring, making them seriously overfished and rendering their recovery potential bleak.
Chilean seabass are one of Food & Water Watch’s Dirty Dozen.
Recommended alternatives to Chilean seabass:
* Haddock, U.S. hook-and-line caught
* Halibut, Pacific
* Mahi-mahi, U.S. pole- or troll- caught
* Snapper, Yellowtail
* Tilapia, U.S. farmed
* Catfish, U.S. farmed