Sustainable Seafood: Why It’s Good for Your Health. {Infographic}

Via Lynn Hasselberger
on Dec 26, 2012
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Source: via Amanda on Pinterest

Sustainably sourced seafood is generally healthier than conventional.

This infographic from One World, One Ocean breaks it down.

Click to enlarge.

Image: One World One Ocean
Image: One World One Ocean

Here’s a list of seafood to avoid completely (according to Seafood Watch):

Barramundi (Imported, Farmed in Open Systems)

Caviar, Paddlefish (U.S. Wild-caught)

Caviar, Sturgeon (Imported, Wild-caught)

Chilean Seabass (Southern Ocean, Wild-caught)

Cobia (Imported, Farmed)

Cod, Atlantic (Trawl-caught from Canadian and U.S. Atlantic)

Cod, Pacific (Imported, Wild-caught)

Conch, Queen (Worldwide, Wild-caught)

Corvina, Gulf (Gulf of California, Wild-caught)

Crab, King (Russia, Trap)

Crawfish/Crayfish (Imported, Farmed)

Dab, Common (Danish Seine from Iceland)

Dogfish, Spiny (Wild-caught from Canadian Atlantic and U.S.)

Eel, Freshwater (Worldwide, Farmed)

Flounder (Wild-caught from U.S. Atlantic, Except Summer Flounder)

Grenadier (U.S. Pacific, Wild-caught)

Grouper (U.S. Atlantic, Wild-caught)

Grouper, Gag, Snowy, Warsaw, Yellowedge (U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Wild-caught)

Hake, White (U.S. Atlantic, Wild-caught)

Halibut, Atlantic (U.S. Wild-caught)

Halibut, California (U.S. Pacific, Set Gillnet)

Lobster, Caribbean Spiny (Brazil, Wild-caught)

Mahi Mahi (Imported, Longline)

Marlin, Blue (Imported, Longline)

Marlin, Striped (Worldwide, Wild-caught)

Monkfish (U.S. Atlantic, Wild-caught)

Monkfish Liver (U.S. Atlantic, Wild-caught)

New Zealand Tai Snapper (New Zealand, Danish Seine, Trawl)

Octopus (Philippines, Wild-caught)

Octopus, Common/Sushi (Worldwide, Wild-caught)

Opah (Imported, Longline)

Orange Roughy (Worldwide, Wild-caught)

Plaice, American (Wild-caught from U.S. Atlantic)

Pollock, Atlantic (Danish Seine and Trawl from Iceland)

Rockfish (Pacific, Trawl)

Salmon, Atlantic (Worldwide Except U.S. Farmed in Tank Systems, Farmed including Atlantic)

Sardines, Atlantic (Mediterranean, Wild-caught)

Sea Turtles (Gulf of California, Wild-caught)

Sea Urchin Roe (Maine, Wild-caught)

Shad, American (U.S. Atlantic, Gillnet)

Shark (Wild-caught Worldwide, Except Common Thresher and Shortfin Mako, from California and Hawaii)

Shrimp (Imported, Farmed Except Thailand Farmed in Fully Recirculating Systems)

Shrimp (Imported, Wild-Caught Except Canadian)

Shrimp (Mexico, Farmed in Open Systems)

Skates (U.S. Atlantic, Wild-caught)

Skipjack Tuna (Worldwide, Purse Seine)

Snapper, Red (U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Wild-caught)

Snapper, Red (Imported, Wild-caught)

Snapper, Vermilion (U.S. Wild-caught)

Sole (Wild-caught from U.S Atlantic)

Spearfish, Shortbill (Imported, Wild-caught)

Sturgeon (Imported, Wild-caught)

Swordfish (Imported, Longline)

Tilapia (Farmed from China and Taiwan)

Tilefish, Blueline (U.S. Gulf of Mexico and U.S. South Atlantic, Wild-caught)

Tilefish, Golden (U.S. Gulf of Mexico and U.S. South Atlantic, Wild-caught)

Totoaba (Gulf of California, Wild-caught)

Trout, Lake (Lake Michigan, Wild-caught)

Tuna (Canned) (Worldwide, Wild-caught Except Troll/Pole)

Tuna, Albacore (All Longline Except Hawaii)

Tuna, Albacore (North Atlantic, Wild-caught)

Tuna, Bigeye (Worldwide Except U.S. Atlantic, Longline)

Tuna, Blackfin (Atlantic, Longline and Purse Seine)

Tuna, Bluefin (Worldwide, Wild-caught)

Tuna, Bluefin (Worldwide, Ranched)

Tuna, Skipjack (Imported, Longline)

Tuna, Tongol (Worldwide, Gillnet and Purse Seine Except Malaysia)

Tuna, Yellowfin (Worldwide Except Hawaii and U.S. Atlantic, Longline)

Tuna, Yellowfin (Worldwide, Purse Seine)

Weakfish (Wild-caught from U.S. Atlantic)

Yellowtail (Australia, Farmed)

Yellowtail (Japan, Farmed)

For alternatives to the above, click here.

And to make life easier—download the pocket guide and/or phone app from Seafood Watch.



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About Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn Hasselberger is co-founder of GDGD Radio; The Green Divas Managing Editor; and Producer of The Green Divas Radio Show. She's also a mom, writer and award-winning cat-herder who lives in Chicagoland. Sunrises, running, yoga, lead-free chocolate and comedy are just a few of her fave things. In her rare moments of spare time, she blogs at and A treehugger and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr @GreenDivaLynn & @myEARTH360), instagram and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking. Like her writing? Subscribe to her posts.


One Response to “Sustainable Seafood: Why It’s Good for Your Health. {Infographic}”

  1. Am I reading this correctly? I suggest the clarity of your list needs refinement.

    Otherwise, I completely agree with the article's point about being more aware on the seafood we consume. When we educate ourselves, we can pass it on to our local fish-mongers and dictate the demand. Our impact on what they carry will change their business model in what they sell only if we make the necessary movement as the consumer.

    I simply ADORE seafood, but there is a limit as to what I should expect from our mother's ocean.

    To make a recommendation, Cobia is my pick for The Fish of the Future. It's flavor is ocean fresh with a rich baseline, good fat content, and a solid/meaty texture that harks traits of all the past-time fav's. It also will absorb rich flavors with ease like different woods and smokes, but be warned you do not want to overwhelm this fish's proud character. Salt and pepper on a grill and you are living like a Branson! Because it's exceptionally high growth rate and ultra-conscious US farming technique, you will be seeing much more of this Future Fish in your favorite eateries in the coming years if you haven't already. Possible even overtaking our beloved Salmon as the mainstay in American culture.