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How to Buy Sustainable Fish

Step 1

Visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's FishWatch website to familiarize yourself with general criteria for sustainable seafood.

Step 2

Review consumer purchasing guidelines provided by non-profit organizations involved in seafood sustainability. Marine Stewardship Council, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Greenpeace offer Fish to Eat, Seafood Watch, and Greenpeace International Seafood Red List, respectively.

Step 3

Buy and eat sustainable fish based on your research. Seafood Watch recommends many fish as best choices, including: abalone (U.S. farmed); catfish (U.S. farmed); giant clam/geoduck (wild-caught); Caribbean spiny lobster (Florida); mussels (farmed); salmon (Alaska wild-caught); sea urchin roe (Canada); rainbow trout (farmed); and white seabass.

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