The sea of sources that judge fish – good and bad, green and red, friendly and unfriendly – can be confusing and oversimplified.
For the most up-to-date, accurate information about seafood sustainability and safety, surf no further than FishWatch.
FishWatch is brought to you by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. authority on marine fisheries science, conservation, and management.
Sustainable seafood means that a fish population is managed to provide for today’s needs while leaving plenty for future generations. FishWatch contains unbiased information about 50 popular fish stocks in the U.S. – from sea scallops to farm-raised salmon.
A key part of sustainability is aquaculture, or fish-farming. Farmers have been growing water plants and animals for thousands of years. Responsible aquaculture takes pressure off of wild fish stocks and can help the U.S. develop a more self-sufficient seafood supply.
“Our hope is that you will go here for ground-truth science. It is not about making decisions for you.”
-NOAA Administrator Conrad Lautenbacher
“If you buy fish managed under a U.S. fishery management plan, you can be assured it meets 10 national standards for conservation and sustainable management.”
“Aquaculture is the fastest growing form of food production in the world. It's developing worldwide to help meet the rising demand for seafood. Estimates are that almost half the fish consumed worldwide is now farmed.”
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