How Can I Choose the Best Seafood?


Become an informed consumer using NOAA’s FishWatch Web site before you purchase. The site provides valuable information on sustainability, safety, preparation, and health guidelines for your favorite seafood. FishWatch features information on more than 60 of the most commonly harvested and eaten species in the United States. Species-specific pages offer the most accurate information available on the status of the fishery, how it’s managed, how the fish are caught, species-specific research, nutritional content, and import/export statistics. A page devoted to seafood and human health includes important facts about mercury and offers helpful hints about selecting, buying, storing, and preparing seafood to ensure quality and safety. Before you make your next seafood purchase, visit

This month’s expert: Katie Semon, Senior FishWatch Project Manager, NOAA Fisheries Service

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