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Sustainable Seafood – A Practical Guide

Hey there, Seafoodies! 

If you’re like us, you care about seafood sustainability including who grows or raises your food and where it comes from. Focusing on sustainability is important, which is one of many reasons why we love seafood! It not only tastes amazing, but it also ensures the well-being of our oceans for generations to come.

Aquaculture and seafood go hand in hand as important parts of our food system in the United States. Sometimes referred to as “aquafarming,” aquaculture involves the cultivation of organisms such as fish, shellfish and even plants in controlled environments. This method not only helps meet the growing demand for seafood but also addresses concerns about overfishing and its impact on wild populations. 

So when it comes to enjoying seafood with sustainability in mind, know your local retailers and restaurants have likely already done the work for you. These purveyors focus on seafood that meets rigorous standards for responsible sourcing, eco-friendly practices, and the preservation of marine ecosystems. Whether you’re picking up dinner ingredients or dining out, you can enjoy delicious seafood while playing your part in supporting a more sustainable ocean future!

But the good news doesn’t stop there! Sustainable seafood isn’t just about stewardship—it’s also about delicious and nutritious dining. Seafood is packed with protein, vitamins and minerals like selenium, vitamin D and B vitamins. It’s also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for our heart, brain, immune, skin and cognitive health. And according to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, both wild and farmed seafood are sustainable protein choices. So if you’re already opting for wild-caught Alaskan salmon, farmed rainbow trout or Pacific sardines in your meals (to name a few!), guess what? You’re already making a sustainable choice, even if you didn’t know it!

If you’d like to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, embracing a pescatarian diet could be the perfect match for you. Make the most of National Pescatarian Month this October with the help of our easy everyday seafood cookbook.

As a part of a pescatarian lifestyle or in everyday meal planning, let’s make a positive impact on our oceans, environment, and future, one sustainable seafood choice at a time. 

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