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Sustainable Seafood

Learn how to determine if the fish you are about to eat is sustainable.

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Not very long ago, the abundance of fish in the ocean seemed to have no limit. However, studies estimate that half of global fisheries stocks are overexploited; another 40 percent are fully exploited and have no room for additional capacity.

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Our choice in seafood is a chance for each of us to contribute to the ocean’s restoration. 

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® program helps consumers choose seafood that’s caught or farmed in ways that support healthy oceans, now and for future generations. The choices we make as consumers drive the seafood marketplace. Your purchasing power can make a difference by supporting those fisheries and fish farms that are better for the environment, while at the same time relieving pressure on other fish species that are not doing as well.

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By using the seafood guide for your region, you’re making choices based on the best available information and supporting environmentally friendly fisheries and aquaculture operations. 

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® recommends which seafood items are: 

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The list is updated regularly to reflect any new information as it becomes available. To learn more, read our Ocean Watch article, Seafood Watch.

Download the Seafood Watch app! 

Did you know?

  • Oceans are a primary source of protein for more than 2.6 billion people (United Nations).