Astronotus ocellatus
Astronotus ocellatus
(Oscar)
Fishes
Exotic

Impact ID2100
Impact TypeHuman Health
Study TypeExperimental
Study LocationLaboratory
Impact DescriptionOscars pose a human health hazard if excessively consumed. Health advisories concerning consumption of contaminated fish were issued for several species in the Everglades due to high mercury. People who want to eat oscar are advised by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services to limit consumption to no more than once a week (227'-g portion) for a healthy adult male.
Reference26039
Great Lakes RegionNo
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