The NOAA FishWatch Program defines sustainable seafood as “catching or farming seafood responsibly, with consideration for the long-term health of the environment and the livelihoods of the people that depend upon the environment.” As a consumer, you can choose seafood caught or farmed in a manner that sustains the long-term vitality of harvested species. Sustainable fishing avoids impacts to ocean habitats and uses fishing gear that reduces by-catch of non-target species.
By purchasing sustainable seafood you can help maintain healthier ocean ecosystems that will exist long into the future. Consumers who take these small steps will have a major impact on our oceans:
- Educate yourself on how to make sustainable seafood choices.
- Inquire with your restaurant or seafood retailer.
- Where is the fish from?
- How is it caught?
- Is it procured from responsibly managed, sustainable and healthy fisheries?
- Buy from restaurants and retailers that use sustainable seafood sources
Information on sustainable seafood is widely available from NOAA and many other sources: