October is National Seafood Month!
A Global Leader in Sustainability
Join us all month long as we celebrate the bounty of sustainable seafood! From finfish to shellfish, Americans love seafood—and it’s easy to see why. This healthy food choice provides key nutrients and proteins for children and adults. The seafood caught and farmed in the United States comes from some of the most sustainably managed fisheries in the world.
The United States is recognized as a global leader in sustainable seafood thanks to a rigorous science-based fisheries management process. This process is enforced under ten national standards of sustainability through the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act—exceeding the international standards for ecolabeling of seafood.
Our Fisheries Management Process
NOAA Fisheries tracks 474 fish stocks managed under 46 fishery management plans. We have rebuilt 43 stocks since 2000 as a result of our fishery management process. Overfishing and overfished numbers remained near all-time lows in 2016. To learn more about seafood, check out FishWatch.gov—the nation’s database on sustainable seafood—providing science-based facts on more than 100 marine species.
This article was republished from NOAA.