Get to Know Your Seafood

It all starts at sea where the fish swim happy and free. Then one day, there's a tasty piece of fish on your dinner plate. If eating sustainable seafood is important to you, then it’s time to get to know your seafood from ocean to plate.


Whether caught by commercial fishermen on a day-boat or a much larger vessel, you can be confident that U.S. seafood is responsibly harvested under a rigorous fishery management process that includes scientific monitoring and enforcement. Our process keeps the marine environment healthy, fish populations thriving, and our seafood industry on the job.  Buying U.S. caught seafood also strengthens our economy by supporting the many businesses that fishermen depend on, as well as seafood suppliers, retailers, and restaurants. 


In fact, the United States is a global leader in responsibly managed fisheries and sustainable seafood. Our fisheries are some of the largest and most valuable in the world—it’s a $5 billion industry with Americans consuming 4.7 billion pounds of seafood in 2011. In fact, our approach to managing fisheries has become an international model for addressing the challenges facing global ocean fisheries today. 


Get to know your seafood.  Visit to find easy-to-understand, science-based facts that can help you make smart sustainable seafood choices.