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    Marine Aquaculture in the U.S.

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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

Healthy habitat is an important component of a healthy fishery, and improving habitat can make a real difference for fish populations. Research under a NOAA Fisheries monitoring program shows that after a number of habitat improvements, Little Springs Creek in Idaho and its salmon and steelhead are coming back. Chinook salmon are anadromous—they travel from the ocean back up freshwater rivers and streams to spawn. That makes the health of those freshwater habitats critical to the salmon. After major habitat improvements, the 2013 survival rate for Chinook salmon doubled.

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