Food Safety

Fish and Mercury

Fish and shellfish can be part of healthy eating for women, children and families. Some fish contain high levels of mercury so choosing a variety of fish low in mercury is also important for good health.

Eating Fish

Fish and Your Health

Fish and shellfish are an important part of healthy eating. They contain protein, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fats. Eating fish benefits heart health and it helps children's brains and eyes to grow and develop. However, the fetus and infants exposed to high levels of mercury may have problems with learning, walking and talking. Choose fish that are low in mercury. Toronto Public Health's Guide to Eating Fish for Women, Children and Families provides clear advice about choosing and eating fish.

Guide to buying and eating fish

Toronto Public Health's "Guide to Eating Fish for Women, Children and Families" provides advice on choosing a variety of low mercury fish as part of a healthy diet for your family.

More Fish Species

Some types of fish and shellfish contain mercury and other contaminants. Mercury is a toxin that is harmful to our bodies. Here is an extended list to help you to be carefully choose fish that are lowest in mercury and best for the environment.

List of Fish Species (PDF)

The list is also available in a number of other languages.

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Last updated March 2010


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