Fish from Stores & Resturants

The NYSDOH webpage has great info on Fish from Stores and Restaurants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the sale of commercial fish in markets. As part of a healthy diet, the FDA advises women who may become pregnant, nursing mothers, and young children about three categories of fish:

1.Best Choices

2.Good Choices

3.Choices to Avoid (due to concerns about mercury)

What Can I Eat?

Women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, and nursing mothers :

  • 2-3 servings (4 ounces each) of "Best Choices" fish OR 1 serving per week of "Good Choices" fish
  • AVOID all “Choices to Avoid” fish

Young children:

  • 1-2 servings of smaller portion sizes per week
  • -AVOID all “Choices to Avoid” fish


Unlike anglers, people who get their fish from the market or restaurants are likely to eat fish from a variety of sources and locations. Additionally, commercial fish generally have lower concentrations of most contaminants than are found in many New York State sportfish.

The FDA's resource titled "What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish" includes answers to frequently asked questions about mercury in fish and shellfish. For further information about the risks of mercury in fish and shellfish, call the FDA at (888) 723-3366 or visit

The following information has been provided by the New York State Department of Health. For more information on the NYS DOH Fish Advisory please visit their website NYS DOH Fish Advisory.


Last updated July 18, 2024