Fish FAQs


Is farmed fish and seafood bad for me?

Aquaculture seafood can be beneficial to the environment and in many instances healthier than fish caught in the wild.  There is a misconception that farmed fish and seafood is inferior to wild caught fish. The majority of aquaculture producers follow proper guidelines and farm responsibly.  Fish and shellfish farming is a viable resource in supplying the food chain with healthy sustainable seafood protein.  


As you explore the links below relating to aquaculture, you will become more knowledgeable about companies such as The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) as well as our federal and state government agencies.  These organizations strictly critique and certify credible aquaculture producers.  In short, the seafood we consume is only as good as the water from which it originates.

Best Aquaculture Practices

Sustainable Fisheries & Aquaculture

Certifying environmentally and socially responsible seafood

Benefits of aquaculture are being “overlooked”

What is sustainably produced seafood?

Sustainable fishing simple means we are protecting the future of fishing environments.  We do this not only to ensure the future supply of the fish and seafood but for the workers who depend on this resource for their livelihood.  There are professional organizations such as the Marine Steward Council (MSC) who carefully monitor, regulate and certify producers.   

What is sustainable fishing?

How do I know if the fish I am eating is organic?

There is no such thing as organic fish or seafood in the U.S.A.   Simply put, organic standards for fish have never been passed.  The US government is moving towards finalizing organic aquaculture production regulations.  There are organic standards for aquacultured fish and seafood in countries such as Greece, Denmark, Scotland, Ireland, Norway and Canada.  Below are some links relating to organic seafood:  

Organic standards for US farmed seafood going nowhere despite market demand

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