The Sustainable Seafood You Can Eat Without Hating Yourself—And What to Avoid 

Photo by mike feist.

Seafood is tasty, seafood is fun, though eat too most of a wrong kinds and a grand-kids will have none.

What’s Mostly Sustainable and Clear to Eat

Over-fishing and controversial tillage practices are a problem for many succulent sea class right now. Fortunately, not each fish, mollusk, and crustacean is in risk of being wiped out.


According to a Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list, a Marine Conservation Society, a Blue Ocean Institute, a Marine Stewardship Council, and a Environmental Defense Fund, here are a class we can taste on with a transparent conscience:

  • King Salmon
  • Sockeye Salmon
  • Pink Salmon
  • Chum Salmon
  • Wild Striped Bass
  • Soft Shell Crab
  • Pacific Rock Fish
  • Wild Yellowtail
  • Swordfish
  • Farm-Raised Abalone
  • Farm-Raised Arctic Char
  • Farm-Raised Barramundi
  • Catfish
  • Clams
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Pacific Cod (Alaska only)
  • King Crab
  • Snow Crab
  • Tanner Crab
  • Dungeness Crab
  • Lionfish
  • Spiny Lobster (Mexico only)
  • Freshwater Prawns
  • Spotted Prawns
  • Rockfish
  • Sablefish/Black Cod
  • Sanddab
  • Farm-Raised Scallops (wild is an fine alternative)
  • Farm-Raised Shrimp (wild is an fine alternative)
  • Tilapia
  • Farm-Raised Rainbow Trout
  • Wild Albacore Tuna
  • Wild Skipjack Tuna
  • Wild Yellowfin Tuna
  • Branzino
  • Black Red Grouper
  • Lobster
  • Monkfish
  • Octopus
  • Squid

That’s some-more than adequate options for any seafood fan, and many of them are pretty labelled and comparatively easy to find if you’re peaceful to take a few additional steps. Simply seeking your waiter, sushi chef, store owner, or seafood distributor questions will lead we in a right direction.

What You Should Avoid Eating If Possible

Bluefin tuna sushi. Photo by T.Tseng.

These seafood options competence be delicious, though a approach we’re doing them is doing mistreat to a class in question, other sea life, and a environment. Here’s what we should take a pass on for now:


  • Bluefin Tuna
  • Farm-Raised Salmon
  • Eel
  • Farm-Raised Yellowtail
  • Wild Abalone
  • Basa/Pangasius/Swai
  • Cod (Atlantic, Russia, Japan)
  • Crab (Asia and Russia)
  • Atlantic Halibut
  • Spiny Lobster (Belize, Brazil, Honduras, and Nicaragua)
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Orange Roughy
  • Pollock
  • Atlantic Sardines
  • Sharks
  • Imported Shrimp
  • Squid (China, India, and Thailand)

If looking over a “don’t eat” list bums we out, you’re not alone. It’s truly hapless to see fish like bluefin tuna, farm-raised salmon, eel, and yellowtail on there when you’re a sushi lover. But it’s not too startling because they’re listed. According to cook Michael Cimarusti, owners of Providence and Connie and Ted’s seafood restaurants in Los Angeles, a bluefin tuna race is on a margin of collapse:


“For each 100 bluefin that once swam in a Pacific, there are now 3.6 fish left, and they are still being harvested.”

It creates sense. Bluefin is on a menu of each sushi grill in a country, and sushi is still gaining in popularity.The use of tillage salmon was ostensible to keep us from fishing Atlantic salmon to extinction, though a approach it’s finished is questionable. The same goes for farm-raised yellowtail. Cimarusti says a fish are lifted in tiny pens that enclose impossibly high densities of fish, that are being fed with a protein source that’s unfamiliar to a environment, and they emanate a extensive volume of rubbish in a really tiny area. None of that is good for a fish being raised, or a class that live nearby.

Eel, on a other hand, are mostly lifted by holding baby eels from rivers and streams, that removes whole generations from their healthy habitats and dwindles their numbers considerably.

Perhaps one day these class will be protected to devour again, though for now we need to eat a small some-more conscientiously. Otherwise, we might never get to eat some of this tasty seafood ever again. You can find some-more guides on what seafood we should and shouldn’t eat in your area during a Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Guides page.

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