Seafood is such an important part of a nutritionally sound diet that it cannot be overstated. Countless studies and articles on this site attest to that fact, almost daily. There is, however, grave concerns over mercury bioaccumulation pollution in big fish in tuna and shark, PCB contamination in farmed salmon and generally just worry about overfishing to world fisheries.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium steps into this murky world with answers. Their Seafood Watch Guide is the gold standard if you want to know which species are free from contaminants and overfishing worries.
But recently the aquarium went above and beyond the ‘green’ rating they give good species, creating a super green list of the best seafood options. Below are their findings:
Note: Both charts can be re-categorized by clicking on the column headings
|Albacore Tuna||Troll or Pole-caught||US or British Columbia|
|Pacific Sardines||Wild-caught||Pacific Waters|
|Rainbow Trout||Farmed||US, likely|
|Salmon (any variety)||Wild-Caught||Alaskan|
|Spot Prawns||Wild-caught||British Columbia|
|Dungeness Crab||Wild-caught||NW USA – Washington, California, Oregon|
|Longfin Squid||Wild-caught||USA Atlantic Waters|
-Download printable pocket guides (all .pdf) for each US region: Hawaii, West Coast, SW, Central, SE & the NE
-Download Seafood Watch for your iPhone, free app (iTunes store direct link)
- Seafood Watch Super Green List Release (2009-10-01)
Version 1.0 of this chart was released on 2009-11-17. All revisions will be noted here.