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Better Seafood Choices

Read some tips on how to choose the most sensible and sustainable seafood.

Take a Seafood Guide to Dinner

A pocket-sized downloadable seafood guide is available from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Based on which region you live in, the guide tells you which fish you can eat, as well as those to avoid, to make healthy, eco-friendly choices.

Fish to avoid because they currently come from overfished sources or are farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment:

  • Cod (Atlantic)
  • Flounders/Soles (Atlantic)
  • Halibut (Atlantic)
  • King Crab (imported)
  • Shrimp (imported, farmed, or wild-caught)

Fish to avoid due to concerns about mercury or other contaminants:

  • Groupers
  • Red Snapper
  • Salmon (farmed, including Atlantic)
  • Sturgeon, Caviar (imported wild-caught)
  • Tuna: Bluefin

For more, download the "Seafood Watch" guide

Find a Sustainable Seafood Restaurant

The Seafood Choices Alliance, a global trade association, helps you find restaurants in your ZIP code that offer ocean-friendly seafood.

Become a Seafood Activist in Your Community

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Consumers Make a Difference! offers tips and steps to help you effect seafood buying practices in your community.

Help Save the Oceans

Mother Jones magazine has created Ocean Voyager, a virtual voyage to ocean trouble spots around the globe. You will chase fish pirates off the west coast of Africa, see orcas within touching distance, track polar bears, and dive into the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone.

At each stop, Mother Jones highlights solutions and points you to actions you can take to help protect the ocean.