About FishWatch

What is FishWatch?

FishWatch will help you:

  • Make smart seafood choices by arming you with the facts about what makes U.S. seafood sustainable—from the ocean or farm to your plate.
  • Get up-to-date information on the status of some of the nation’s most valuable marine fish harvested in U.S. federal waters as well as U.S. farmed fish that help meet our country’s growing seafood demand.
  • Understand how 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.

FishWatch is NOT:

  • A buyer's guide designed to advise against one fishery or advocate for another.
  • A tool to showcase ecolabels or certifications.
  • A comprehensive database of all U.S. fish. This site does not include state managed fish, which can be found by searching your state or region’s department of natural resources.

About U.S. Marine Fisheries

  • FishWatch is maintained by NOAA Fisheries, which is responsible for monitoring and enforcing marine fisheries within 4.4 million square miles and 95,000 coastland miles of the U.S. exclusive economic zone. This makes U.S. fisheries some of the largest and most valuable in the world, supplying about a fifth of the seafood we eat in the United States.
  • The U.S. approach for sustainably managing fisheries has become an international model for addressing the challenges facing global ocean fisheries today. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United States ranks second to Norway in compliance with the international Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing.
  • NOAA Fisheries is the leading science authority for managing the nation’s marine fisheries and maintains as a way to help consumers get unbiased facts about the science and management behind the responsible harvest of U.S. seafood.
  • Learn more about sustainable U.S. fisheries.

About U.S. Aquaculture

  • The U.S. aquaculture industry directly contributes to our seafood supply and supplements commercial fisheries.
  • The United States works hard to ensure aquaculture is environmentally sustainable through strict regulations at the state and federal levels, proven management practices, and proper siting of farms.
  • U.S. aquaculture operations must meet rigorous food safety and environmental standards.
  • NOAA Fisheries works with federal and state partners to regulate marine aquaculture.
  • Learn more about U.S. aquaculture.