Confused about Seafood?

NOAA Takes the Guess Work Out of Buying and Eating Seafood

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Most seafood is sold through markets, like Seattle's Pike Place Market, or directly to processors and purveyors.

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Have you ever stood at the seafood counter of your local market and wondered whether you should be concerned about eating fish, which species provide the most nutrition for you and your family, or which species are sustainable? Well stop wondering., NOAA’s new consumer education Web tool, offers valuable information on availability, safety, quality, preparation, and health guidelines for your favorite seafood. features information about 50 of the most common species that are harvested, farmed, and eaten in the United States. The species-specific pages offer the most accurate information available on population size, fishing practices, import/export statistics, photos, factoids, nutritional content, and more.

The seafood and human health page includes important facts about mercury and offers helpful hints about selecting, buying, storing and preparing seafood to ensure quality and safety.

Health guidelines on FishWatch are consistent with those developed by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. By following these guidelines, you will be able to enjoy many kinds of seafood and benefit from its vast nutritional value while minimizing any health risk associated with environmental contaminants.

Shrimp from Plaquemines Parish, La.

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NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service is the U.S. authority on marine fisheries science, conservation, and management. And an important part of the agency’s mission is to provide information to the public. FishWatch provides consumers with relevant, factual data to assist in decisions about sustainable seafood. These data are taken from a variety of NOAA sources, including stock assessments, fisheries surveys, fisheries management plans, environmental analyses, and cooperative research.

So the next time you have a question about the shrimp or swordfish on the menu, visit first. It’s the most timely and accurate information available on seafood and U.S. fisheries. NOAA logo.