| Mercury Calculator
* Mercury concentration values
used for this calculator come from the United States Food and
Drug Administration website. Two exceptions are the troll-caught
albacore data which comes from an Oregon State University study
and canned albacore data, which comes from an FDA dataset that
is not yet published on their site. Please be aware that these
values are averages. The concentration of mercury in seafood
can be significantly higher or lower than what is represented
here. As a precautionary approach, we recommend that women,
(especially of child-bearing age) avoid seafood species that
contain higher average levels of mercury. Mercury information
for many shellfish species is currently unavailable.
- It is
well established that eating seafood that contains mercury is
hazardous to our health, especially for pregnant women and children. But with a lack of health advisories nationwide, how are we
supposed to make smart choices for our family? The Mercury calculator
above helps you make such choices by giving you the option of
including several species of fish; just enter your weight, the
seafood type(s), the quantity of seafood you will eat during
a week and hit the calculator button.
contamination of seafood is a widespread public health concern. In fact, pregnant women, children and women who might become
pregnant to avoid the consumption of swordfish, shark, tilefish
and king mackerel because of their high methyl-mercury content.
In addition to being toxic for humans, swordfish and many other
species of fish are being caught in ways that are devastating
ocean habitats and fisheries. Longline fishing, the fishing
method used to catch swordfish, kills thousands of sea turtles
per year. Our organization is fighting for a world that is sustainable
and just for both people and for wildlife.