West Coast Seafood Guide 2008
Lately people have been asking me which seafood is environmentally friendly and safe to eat. The following is a list comprised by the Monterrey Bay Aquarium to help shoppers make educated choices while shopping for their food. For readers in parts of the country other than the west coast, please visit the website listed above for regional seafood lists. Please help support fisheries and fish farms that practice sustainable fishing and buy from the green or yellow lists.
Best Choices: These choices are abundant, well-managed and caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways.
Abalone, Barramundi (US farmed), Catfish (US farmed), Clams, Mussels, Oysters (farmed), Cod: Pacific (Alaska longline)++, Crab: Dungeness, Halibut:Pacific++, Lobster: Spiny (US), Pollock(Alaska wild)++, Rockfish: Black (CA, OR), Sablefish/Black Cod (Alaska++, BC), Salmon (Alaska wild), Sardines, Scallops: Bay (farmed), Shrimp: Pink (OR), Spot Prawn (BC), Striped Bass (farmed), Sturgeon, Caviar (farmed) , Tilapia (US farmed), Trout: Rainbow (farmed), Tuna: Albacore (US++, BC troll/pole), Tuna: Skipjack (troll/pole), White Seabass
Good Alternatives: These choices are an option, but there are concerns with how they’re caught or farmed or with the health of their habitat due to other human impacts.
Basa, Swai (farmed), Clams, Oysters** (wild), Cod: Pacific (trawled), Crab: King (Alaska), Snow, Imitation, Dogfish (BC)**, Flounders, Soles (Pacific), Lingcod**, Lobster: American/Maine, Mahi mahi/Dolphinfish (US), Rockfish (Alaska, BC hook and line), Sablefish/Black Cod (CA, OR , WA), Salmon (CA, OR, WA wild), Sanddabs: Pacific, Scallops: Sea (Canada and Northeast), Shrimp (US farmed or wild), Spot Prawns (US), Squid, Sturgeon (OR< WA wild), Swordfish (US longline)**, Tuna: Bigeye, Yellowfin (troll/pole), Tuna: canned light, canned white/Albacore**
AVOID: These choices are currently caught or farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment.
Chilean Seabass/Toothfish**, Cod: Atlantic, Crab :King (imported), Dogfish (US)**, Grenadier/Pacific Roughy, Lobster: Spiny (Carribbean imported), Mahi mahi/Dolphinfish (imported), Monkfish, Orange Roughy**, Rockfish (trawled), Salmon (farmed, including Atlantic)**, Scallops: Sea (Mid-Atlantic), Sharks**, Shrimp (imported farmed or wild), Sturgeon**, Caviar (impoted wild), Swordfish (imported)**, Tuna: Bluefin**, Tuna: Albacore, Bigeye, Yellowfin (longline)**
** Limit consumption due to concerns about mercury or other contaminants
++ Some or all of this fishery is certified as sustainable to the Marine Stewardship Council standard