Pacific Northwest Seafood 101
Pacific Northwest Seafood 101

U.S. Seafood Facts from FishWatch

FishWatch provides easy-to-understand science-based facts to help you make smart sustainable seafood choices. U.S. seafood profiled on this website is responsibly harvested under strict regulations that work to keep the environment healthy, fish populations thriving, and our seafood industry on the job. FishWatch provides easy-to-understand science-based facts to help consumers make smart sustainable seafood choices.


FishWatch delivers the most up-to-date information on popular seafood harvested - or farmed - in the United States. It is not a buyer's guide designed to discriminate against one fishery or advocate for another, nor is it an ecolabel or certification. Rather, FishWatch helps you understand the complex science, laws, and management process actively sustaining our seafood supply.


FishWatch is maintained by NOAA Fisheries, the leading science authority for managing the nation’s marine fisheries. Under its watch, U.S. fisheries are scientifically monitored and managed, and U.S. fishermen follow the most restrictive regulations in the world. Our fisheries are some of the largest and most valuable in the world and supply about a fifth of the seafood we eat in the United States. The U.S. approach for sustainably managing fisheries has become
an international model for addressing the challenges facing global ocean fisheries today.


NOAA Fisheries is also involved with managing a sustainable aquaculture industry in the United States. Our vibrant aquaculture industry directly contributes to our seafood supply and supplements commercial fisheries. The United States works hard to ensure aquaculture is
environmentally sustainable through strict regulation at the state and federal levels, proven management practices, and proper siting of farms. NOAA Fisheries works with federal and state partners to regulate marine aquaculture. Aquaculture operations must also meet rigorous food safety and environmental standards.


FishWatch will arm you with the facts about the industry, science, and management sustaining your seafood - from the ocean or farm to your plate.


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Seafood Health Facts: Smart Choices

Current advice from the government and health organizations recommends eating two seafood meals each week. Seafood is a nutrient rich food that is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals.


Learn more about nutritional value of seafood, sustainability and safety at Seafood Health Facts, a joint project of Oregon State University, Cornell University, the Universities of Delaware, Rhode Island, Florida & California and the Community Seafood Initiative.


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Click on the photo above to find lots of cool activities, information and resources from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine FisheriesService, NOAA.

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