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Sustainable Seafood: A Shopper's Guide

Want to support healthy oceans and abundant seafood?
Select your next seafood purchase from among these species that are caught or farmed using environmentally friendly methods.

 

These options are low in mercury too, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), so they’re as friendly to you and your family as they are to the planet. 
 
The NRDC recommends keeping these things in mind when buying seafood:
  1. Eat smaller fish, which contain less mercury;
  2. Choose US fish over imported, and the more locally caught, the better;
  3. Look for fish caught with low-impact methods like hook and line or traps designed so young fish can escape;
  4. Watch for seafood certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as being raised in a sustainable, earth-friendly manner.
Best Choices
  • Catfish (US farmed)
  • Clams (farmed)
  • Cod, Pacific (US non-trawled)
  • Crab (Dungeness or Stone)
  • Oysters (farmed)
  • Pacific Sardines (US)
  • Pink Shrimp (Oregon)
  • Rainbow Trout (US farmed)
  • Salmon (Alaskan wild)
  • Scallops (farmed)
  • Tilapia (US farmed)

Low-impact Methods

Look for fish caught with low-impact methods like hook and line or traps designed so young fish can escape.

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