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The U.S.—A Leader in Sustainable Seafood


The United States is a recognized global leader in responsibly managed fisheries, aquaculture, and sustainable seafood. From Alaska to Maine to Texas, U.S. seafood is responsibly harvested and grown under a strong monitoring, management, and enforcement regime that works to keep the marine environment healthy, fish populations thriving, and our seafood industry on the job. Helping everyone—from chefs to consumers—understand sustainable seafood is important. Through FishWatch, we provide easy-to-understand facts about the science and management behind U.S. seafood and tips on how to make educated seafood choices.

Sustainability Facts

Did you ever stop to think about how much seafood Americans eat in a year? The U.S. is the world’s third largest consumer of seafood after China and Japan. Americans consumed 4.6 billion pounds of seafood in 2013, which works out to approximately 14.5 pounds of fish and shellfish per person.

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Science Behind Seafood

Science Behind Seafood

Did you know that a single adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day, helping to keep estuaries clean and clear? A recent restoration project in New Jersey brought together researchers and elementary school students to help restore oysters at the Gandy’s Beach Oyster Restoration and Enhancement Area. As critical organisms in the ecology of estuaries, oysters can help improve water quality, create habitat for other species, and enhance fisheries production. This particular restoration project has established a viable oyster population in an area that was previously barren.

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