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Savoring Seafood: National Seafood Month 2018

October 01, 2018

This October, celebrate National Seafood Month and join us in savoring sustainable seafood.

A variety of fresh seafood on a bed of ice, including multiple kinds of finfish and shellfish.

If you're a seafood fan like us, you'll be happy to hear that October is National Seafood Month. We will be highlighting sustainable (and delicious) U.S. seafood with new features, videos, and more. Follow along online using the tag #SeafoodMonth. Please start by digging into the seafood features below!

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Visit FishWatch - the nation's database on sustainable seafood - to find up-to-date information on the status of some of the nation's most valuable marine fish harvested in U.S. federal waters as well as U.S. farmed fish that help meet our country's growing seafood demand. FishWatch helps consumers make educated seafood choices.

Learn more about sustainable seafood from FishWatch

Seafood Features

FishWatch Helps Consumers Make Smart, Sustainable Seafood Choices

Chris Brown, a commercial fisherman in New England, gives a shout-out to FishWatch.gov—a website that provides information on popular seafood harvested or farmed in the United States to help consumers make smart, sustainable seafood choices. Watch the video below.

New Study Finds That When It Comes to Sustainability, Some Americans are Willing to Pay

The average American consumes about 15 pounds of seafood each year. How do we choose which seafood to buy? Do the abundant seafood labels — U.S.-caught, dolphin safe, MSC-certified, red, yellow, green, farm-raised, wild-caught, etc. — affect our choices? Does information about sustainability make a difference in our grocery store purchases?

Learn more about a new study measuring willingness to pay for environmental attributes in seafood

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Seafood Industry and Scientists Team Up to Make the Most of Opah

Warm-blooded fish produces seven distinct types of meat providing new opportunities for seafood chefs.

Learn more about opah


Sustainable Seafood: A U.S. Fisherman’s Perspective

Commercial fisherman Chris Brown has spent nearly his whole life fishing the waters of New England. See what he has to say about the current state of U.S. fisheries and why American seafood is among the most sustainable natural resources in the world.

Check out the Q&A with Chris Brown here


Canary Rockfish—A Story of U.S. Fisheries Management

When different species of fish cohabitate, it can be difficult to target or avoid any particular one; so if any species becomes overfished, it takes the cooperation and commitment of everyone to rebuild. Canary rockfish--one of more than 60 species of rockfish included in the West Coast groundfish fishery--fell into this category when it was declared overfished in 2000.

Learn more about the work to rebuild canary rockfish


Fishermen Help Put Barndoor Skate Back on the Table

Barndoor skate is the largest species in the Northeast skate complex, with wingspans of up to 5 feet. They range from Canada to North Carolina and feed on fish and other creatures found near the sea floor. It’s been awhile since fishermen have been able to harvest barndoor skate, but thanks to the efforts of fishermen, scientists, and managers, this species is back on the table.

Learn more about the work to rebuild barndoor skate


Aquaculture Allure

Did you know that seafood farming, if done responsibly as it is in the United States, is one of the most environmentally sustainable ways to produce protein?

Learn more about aquaculture and the growing need for farmed seafood


How Technology and America's Heartland Play Key Roles in a Healthy Seafood Diet

Fish farming--or aquaculture--is a winning situation. It's a win for the economy, a win for the consumer, and a win for the planet. Seafood farmers along the nation's coasts are growing fish to help feed a growing population in an environmentally responsible way. And America's heartland is a key player.

Learn how America's heartland is a key player in aquaculture


Celebrate Seafood Online in October

Did you know that seafood is trending online? Whether you're slurping oysters at a raw bar or frying up flounder, sustainable U.S. seafood makes a statement across the country--serving up photo-ready dishes and healthy protein for every plate.

Dive into #SeafoodMonth and learn more about U.S. wild-caught and farmed seafood

Catching fish at fish market

FishWatch: Learn About the Seafood You Love

Watch our new video to learn more about FishWatch and the seafood you love to eat.

Watch the FishWatch video

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Footage from the Fisheries 


Want a closer look at the way U.S. fishermen catch seafood and harvest marine aquaculture? From the fishing boat to the plate, we will be showcasing short videos clips of U.S. seafood online each day of October. Tune in!

Watch footage from the fisheries with these short clips

Commercial fishing vessel off the coast of California

The Blue Economy Initiative Means Seafood for the Future

National Seafood Month is a perfect time to highlight NOAA's larger "Blue Economy" initiative as an important guiding force for our seafood future. As a NOAA-wide initiative, the Blue Economy effort touches on many areas of the agency, and three of those areas are especially important for fisheries: continuing to maximize commercial and recreational fishing opportunities, giving greater attention and pursuing involvement in the arena of international seafood marketing and trade, and actively promoting and expanding marine aquaculture.

Read the latest leadership message from Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries Chris Oliver


Fish Species Profile: Shortspine Thornyhead

Shortspine thornyhead are found from the Bering Sea to Baja California, Mexico. They are distinguished from other rockfishes by the spiny ridge across their cheek. Shortspine thornyhead can live in depths up to 1,500 meters, though they are more commonly found between 55 and 465 meters. U.S. wild-caught shortspine thornyhead is a smart seafood choice because it is sustainably managed and responsibly harvested under U.S. regulations.

Learn more about shortspine thornyhead on FishWatch

Shortspine thornyhead

Fish Species Profile: Canary Rockfish 

Canary rockfish are found between Punta Colnett, Baja California, and the Western Gulf of Alaska. Within this range, canary rockfish are most common off the coast of central Oregon. U.S. wild-caught canary rockfish is a smart seafood choice because it is sustainably managed and responsibly harvested under U.S. regulations.

Learn more about canary rockfish on FishWatch

Canary rockfish

Clues At Fish Auction Reveal Several New Species Of Opah

As commercial fishermen sold their catch at the busy United Fishing Agency auction house in Honolulu, Hawaii, fish buyer Garrett Kitazaki noticed something curious about the opah changing hands: some had much bigger eyes, and their spots and color looked different. 

Learn how a fish buyer noticed differences that revealed several new species of opah


Studying the Effects of a Changing Climate on Northeast Groundfish

Waters off the Northeastern United States are among the fastest warming and most studied in the world's ocean. Both abrupt and subtle changes caused by warming are evident in fishery stocks now.

Armed with decades of data and a strong appreciation of what climate change could mean for fisheries, Northeast Fisheries Science Center researchers are working with colleagues throughout the region to help navigate this rapidly evolving future.

Learn more about 10 new projects focused on climate and New England groundfish



Understanding Sustainable Seafood

Well-managed wild-capture fisheries and environmentally responsible marine aquaculture play an increasingly important role in our food supply, our health, and the environment.

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Last updated by Office of Communications on April 26, 2024

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