Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences
Sustainable Sea Catch Practices

Good vs. Bad Seafood Choices

There are multiple sources for lists of good and bad seafood choices. For ease, we have provided a small chart on this page of some of the most popular seafood varieties in the US, which ones to eat and which ones to avoid based on their location. Find out more about fishing methods and what makes some more sustainable than others by visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium web site.

Catfish (US farmed)Catfish (Farm imported)Shrimp (Imported)
Albacore, Tuna (US, Hawaii, troll/pole caught)Blue Crab (US, trap-caught)Tuna, Bluefin (Worldwide)
Salmon (Alaska)Sea Scallops (US and Canada)Salmon (Farmed)
Pollock (Alaska)Pacific Cod (US Pacific Ocean)Pacific Cod (US, Canada)
Clams (Farmed)Flounder (US, Canadian Pacific)Flounder (US Atlantic)

For a more comprehensive list of good and bad seafood choices check out the following websites:

Mercury in Seafood

In addition to keeping environmental and sustainable issues in mind when you choose seafood, the mercury levels in seafood must also be taken into consideration. Mercury can be detrimental to human health, especially to young children or an unborn child. More information on current mercury levels in fish and precautions can be found at the EPA's website

To find out how much your weekly intake of mercury may be, check out the Got Mercury? Calculator.


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Questions/comments? Please email Stephen Durkee, Zach Eyler, or Jason Franken.