I’ve written frequently about Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen produce list. The list names the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide load. It helps consumers to avoid those foods.

I just discovered that Food and Water Watch has its own dirty dozen list for seafood. These are 12 fish that fail at least two of Food and Water Watch’s criteria for safe and sustainable seafood. Unlike EWG’s produce list, which is ranked in order of the highest offender to the lowest, the seafood list is not in any specific order.

Here are the top 12 fish to avoid. To find out the reasons why, you’ll need to head on over Food and Water Watch’s website.

  1. Catfish, imported (also known as Basa, Swai, Tra or Pangasius)
  2. Caviar, especially from beluga and other wild-caught sturgeon
  3. Cod, Atlantic
  4. Eel, American (also known as “yellow” or “silver” eel)
  5. Flatfish, Atlantic (e.g. flounder, sole and halibut)
  6. King crab, imported
  7. Shrimp, imported
  8. Orange roughy
  9. Salmon, Atlantic and farmed
  10. Seabass, Chilean
  11. Shark
  12. Tuna, Bluefin, Atlantic 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

The seafood dirty dozen
Food and Water Watch names its top 12 fish to avoid.