The October, 2003 issue of Natural Health magazine contains a short article about

One important point is safe handling. As with any raw meat, cross-contamination should be avoided between fish and other foods. Washing your hands before and after handling raw fish is essential too. Cook your fish thoroughly. Defrost frozen fish in the refrigerator, not on the countertop. When buying, look for fish displayed on ice. The skin should be shiny and clear and the flesh resilient, not mushy.

High Mercury Content (not OK) OK once a month OK once a week
swordfish tuna steaks crab
shark red snapper cod
king mackeral orange roughy mahi-mahi
tilefish halibut canned tuna

The safest seafood? According to Purdue University: wild Alaska salmon, shrimp, farm-raised channel catfish and rainbow trout, flounder, perch, tilapia, clams, scallops and red swamp crayfish.

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"Bad fish good fish." Natural Health October, 2003: 19.