Striped marlin has dramatically declined in the Pacific Ocean and Seafood Watch recommends that you "Avoid" striped marlin.
When purchasing marlin, be sure that it is blue marlin caught in the Hawaiian fishery.
Environmental Defense Fund has issued a health advisory for striped marlin due to high levels of mercury.
Striped marlin is an open ocean species found throughout much of the world's temperate and tropical oceans. Striped marlin in the Pacific are being fished faster than the population can reproduce.
Striped marlin found in Hawaiian markets are mostly accidental bycatch in the tuna longline fisheries. There is considerable concern about bycatch from longlining. However, fishery managers and fishermen in the U.S. fleet have made great strides in reducing bycatch in recent years through changes in regulations and modifications to fishing gear.
All striped marlin is ranked as "Avoid" due to severe population declines. While blue marlin caught by the Hawaiian fleet is still recommended as a "Good Alternative," consumers should note that illegally caught marlin from the Atlantic Ocean is available on the U.S. market and is ranked as "Avoid."