Is fish safe to eat?

There are many different opinions on fish consumption and exposure to toxic chemicals. Fact is, that our oceans are becoming more polluted each day and our fish and seafood is affected by it. Some types of fish are very high in mercury and PCB's (industry chemicals) and it's not good for anyone to consume these on a regular basis. 

Here is a list of safe/unsafe fish based on information from Food Standards Australia NZ and Australian Marine Conservation Society:


  • Blue Mackerel
  • Snapper
  • Ocean Trout
  • Small oily fish such as Sardines, Anchovy, Herring, Whiting
  • Atlantic Salmon
  • Blue Eyed-Cod; Bream; Mullet
  • John Dory
  • Flathead

Best avoided

  • Sword fish
  • Marlin
  • Shark/Flake
  • Orange Roughy (Deep Sea Perch)
  • Catfish

Limit to once per week

  • Barramundi
  • Gemfish
  • Ling
  • Fresh Bluefin or Albacore Tuna; and canned tuna
  • Halibut
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Sea Bass