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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

Ever wonder whether U.S. farm-raised fish and shellfish are safe to eat? Yes, they are safe. In fact, United States laws governing the harvesting and processing of seafood are among the most stringent in the world. Several federal government agencies and individual states are responsible for monitoring and controlling seafood safety for consumers. The primary federal agencies involved with seafood safety include the Food and Drug Administration, NOAA, USDA, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Consumers also play an important role in seafood safety. When shopping for seafood, be sure to know what you're looking for and understand how to best handle, store, and cook your seafood.

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Science Behind Seafood

Science Behind Seafood

One of the biggest tools in salmon conservation is only about the size of a grain of rice. NOAA Fisheries scientists in the Pacific Northwest have designed a tiny tag that can be placed under the skin of a salmon. This Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag then sends information to a reading antenna as salmon swim by, allowing scientists to track salmon movements and find spots where they have difficulty traveling from the rivers where they are born to the sea. Knowing where to target efforts to improve migration routes can be immensely helpful for the scientists.

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