Savoring Seafood: National Seafood Month 2018

October 01, 2018

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

Seafood on ice

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

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

Bowls of steaming hot clams

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.