Top 15 Contaminated Fish You Shouldn’t be Eating

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6. Spanish Mackerel

This is another mackerel that’s contaminated, and like the King Mackerel, it’s due to its large size. The Atlantic Spanish Mackerel is another migratory fish that goes to the Northern Gulf of Mexico in springtime and returns to south Florida, then the Western Gulf of Mexico in the fall. Even with this migratory pattern, they can be found from the Yucatan of Mexico all the way to the Cape Cod of Massachusetts.

Spanish Mackerel are actually related to tuna.  They can grow to three feet in length and because they live more closely to the shores, they can easily become contaminated by mercury that is being released into the ocean via slow moving coastal rivers.

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