Orange roughy may contain levels of mercury contamination that pose a health risk for adults and children.
Orange roughy are caught in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans with fisheries off the coast of New Zealand, Australia, Namibia, the Northeast Atlantic, and Chile. This fish is particularly vulnerable to overfishing due to its long lifespan and slow maturation. Orange roughy do not reach reproductive maturity until 20 to 40 years of age, and may live for over 100 years. Bottom trawling methods are generally used to catch this deep-sea fish. This fishing method is performed with nets that drag along the seafloor, and can damage habitat and remove or cover animals and plant life. This method of fishing can accidentally catch many types of unwanted marine wildlife that are discarded, often dead or dying, after they are brought to the surface.
Orange Roughy is one of Food & Water Watch’s Dirty Dozen.
Recommended alternatives to orange roughy:
• Snapper, Yellowtail
• Mahi-mahi, U.S. pole- or troll- caught
• Haddock, U.S. hook-and-line caught
• Halibut, Pacific
• Tilapia, U.S. farmed
• Catfish, U.S. farmed