Seafood Guide, What to Eat and What to Avoid

“The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program creates science-based recommendations that help consumers and businesses make ocean-friendly seafood choices. Carry this pocket guide with you and share it with others to help spread the word.”

 

BEST CHOICES

Awabi/Abalone (China & Japan)
Bincho/Albacore Tuna (except
Canada & US troll, pole and
US longline)
Ebi/Shrimp (imported)
Hamachi/Hiramasa/Yellowtail
(Australia & Japan farmed)
Hon Maguro/Bluefin Tuna
Kani/Red King Crab (Russia)
Katsuo/Bonito/Skipjack Tuna
(except troll, pole and US longline)
Maguro/Yellowfin Tuna (except troll,
pole and US longline)
Sake/Salmon: Atlantic (farmed)
Tai/Kodai/New Zealand Snapper
(trawl, danish seine)
Tai/Red Snapper (US)
Tako/Octopus
Toro/Bluefin Tuna
Unagi/Eel, Freshwater (farmed)
Uni/Green Sea Urchin (ME wild)

 

Good Alternatives

Amaebi/Spot Prawn (US wild)
Ankimo/Monkfish Liver (US)
Bincho/Albacore Tuna
(US longline)
Ebi/Shrimp (Canada & US wild)
Gindara/Sablefish/Black Cod
(CA, OR & WA)
Hiramasa/California Yellowtail
Hirame/Flounders, Soles (US Pacific)
Hotate/Scallops (wild)
Izumidai/Tilapia (China & Taiwan)
Kani/King Crab (US)
Kanikama/Surimi/Alaska Pollock (US)
Katsuo/Bonito/Skipjack Tuna
(imported troll, pole and US longline)
Kodai/Tai/New Zealand Snapper
Maguro/Yellowfin Tuna (imported troll,
pole and US longline)
Masago/Smelt Roe (Canada)
Saba/Atlantic Mackerel (US)
Sake/Salmon (CA, OR & WA wild)
Tai/Red Porgy (US)
Uni/Red Sea Urchin (CA wild)
Amaebi/Spot Prawn (Canada wild)

Avoid

Awabi/AbaloneBincho/Albacore Tuna (Canada &
US troll, pole)
Ikura/Salmon Roe (AK wild)
Iwana/Arctic Char (farmed)
Iwashi/Pacific Sardines (Canada & US)
Izumidai/Tilapia (Ecuador & US)
Kaki/Oysters
Kani/Dungeness Crab, Stone Crab
Katsuo/Bonito/Skipjack Tuna (troll, pole)
Maguro/Yellowfin Tuna (US troll, pole)
Masago/Smelt Roe (Iceland)
Saba/Atlantic Mackerel (Canada)
Sake/Salmon (AK)
Sawara/King & Spanish Mackerels (US)
Suzuki/Striped Bass (US hook & line,
farmed)
Uni/Sea Urchin (Canada wild)

 

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