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Why Do Your Seafood Choices Matter?
Worldwide, the demand for seafood is increasing. Yet many populations of the large fish we enjoy eating are overfished and, in the U.S., we import over 80% of our seafood to meet the demand. Destructive fishing and fish farming practices only add to the problem.
By purchasing fish caught or farmed using environmentally friendly practices, you’re supporting healthy, abundant oceans.
You Can Make A Difference
Support ocean-friendly seafood in three easy steps:
1. Purchase seafood from the green list or, if unavailable, the yellow list.
Or look for the Marine Stewardship Council blue eco-label in stores and restaurants.
2. When you buy seafood, ask where your seafood comes from and whether it was farmed or wild-caught.
3. Tell your friends about SeafoodWatch. Themore people that ask for ocean-friendly seafood, the better!
In addition to the recommendations on this guide, we have hundreds more available fromour scientists. To see the complete and most up-to-date list visit us:
• Online at seafoodwatch.org
• On our free app: android or iphone
• On our mobile site
• Or join us on Facebook or Twitter
Abundant, wellmanaged and caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. key
Sardines: Pacific (Canada & US)
Seabass: White (US hook & line)
Shrimp: Pink (OR)
Tilapia (Ecuador & US farmed)
Trout: Rainbow (US farmed)
Can Tuna, Light: Skipjack (troll,
Can Tuna, Light: Yellowfin (troll,
Can Tuna, White: Albacore (troll,
White Seabass (Canada & US troll, pole)
Abalone (US farmed)
Arctic Char (farmed)
Bass: Striped (US hook & line, farmed)
Barramundi (US farmed)
Clams, Mussels, Oysters (farmed)
Cod: Pacific (US)
Halibut: Pacific (US)
Lobster: Spiny (CA, FL & Mexico)
Rockfish: Black (US hook & line)
Sablefish/Black Cod (AK & Canada)
An option, but there are concerns with how they’re
caught or farmed — or with the health of their habitat
due to other human impacts. key
Sablefish(CA, OR & WA wild)
Salmon (CA, OR & WA wild)
Shrimp (Canada & US wild)
Sturgeon, Caviar(US farmed)
Tilapia (Central & SouthAmerica farmed)
Tuna: Bigeye (troll, pole & US Atlantic
Tuna: Tongol, Yellowfin (troll, pole)
Yellowtail: California (US wild)
Cod: Pacific (US trawl)
Crab: Snow Crab(Canada)
Flatfish(Canada & US)
Mahi Mahi (US)
Pollock: Alaska (US)
Prawn: Spot(US Wild)
For now as these items are overfished or caught or farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment. key
Salmon (farmed including Atlantic)
Tuna: Albacore*, Bigeye*,
Canned*, Skipjack,Tongol Yellowfin*
Cod: Pacific (Japan & Russia)
Crab: Red King (Russia)
Lobster: Spiny (Brazil)
Mahi Mahi (imported)
Marlin: Blue, Striped *
“Pacific Snapper” (trawl)
CA = California
OR = Oregon
WA = Washington
*Limit consumption due to concerns
about mercury or other contaminants.
Click here for more information on contaminants.