March, 2019 - By Koaw

In this video:

  • Panfish is explained as it is used in North America.

  • Multiple species of panfish are listed.

  • Why it is recommended you eat more panfish vs. other species.

  • The bioaccumulation of mercury by fishes is animated for an easy understanding.


If you don’t want to check out the video then I’ll give you the must-know info about panfish:

  • Panfish is not a scientifically legitimate term within ichthyology’s systematics and taxonomy.

  • Panfish is a term that is more like colloquial slang that changes depending on geographic locale.

  • Panfish can refer to saltwater and freshwater fishes; (The video lists many examples.)

  • Panfish are small (approx. 30 cm or 1 ft. in length) and edible fish that can fit into a smallish pan when fully mature.

  • Panfish can be among game fish or rough fish.

  • Panfish are often better consumption choices because panfish contain less methylmercury than higher predators. (This is especially true for pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and all women in childbearing years.)


This is a clip from the main video showing with a simple animation the way mercury gets into fish and then into us.

How does mercury get into fish we eat? What fishes are safe to eat? There is mercury in our food! Check out this clip from my larger video: What is a Panfish? What is a Panfish? ► FDA Fish for Women/Kids ► Sustainable Seafood ► Thanks for watching!

Main References (In order of mention in video)

Fishing Regulations by State
New York-

American Cookery -

Three fishes with ‘roach’ as a common name:

American Food and Game Fishes: -

Candlefish -

Centrarchidae Family Tree -

Low level methylmercury exposure affects neuropsychological function in adults -

Japan mercury event:

Iraq mercury event:

WHO Assessment of Mercury Effects -

The chemical cycle and bioaccumulation of mercury -

Trophic Structure and Bioaccumulation of Mercury in Fish of Three Natural Lakes of the Brazilian Amazon -

FDA Fish and Mercury: