Savoring Seafood: National Seafood Month 2020

October 01, 2020

October is National Seafood Month. Learn how the United States is recognized as a global leader in sustainable seafood—both wild-caught and farmed.

Shrimp, scallop, and fish dish Shrimp, scallop, and fish dish. Credit: iStock

Did you know that the United States is recognized as a global leader in sustainable seafood? This includes both wild-caught and farmed. U.S. fishermen and fish farmers operate under some of the most robust and transparent environmental standards in the world. 

The recipe for sustainable seafood includes strong science, responsive management, and enforced compliance. This National Seafood Month, learn how we work to:

  • Advance and export sustainable management practices internationally
  • Establish and maintain a level playing field for our fishermen and fish farmers
  • Maintain confidence in U.S. seafood products and access to the global marketplace 

Visit FishWatch—the nation's database for sustainable seafood—to get up-to-date information on the science, status, and management of U.S. seafood. 

Seafood Features

NOAA Fisheries’ Seafood Inspection Program Makes Sure Your Seafood Is Safe, Healthy, and Wholesome

Watch this video to learn how the NOAA Fisheries Seafood Inspection Program makes sure that the consumer and the industry has confidence in the seafood market as a whole.

Learn more about the Seafood Inspection Program

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The Future of Fish Feed May Lie in Insects, Mold, and Algae

To fuel the next generation of fish feeds, NOAA Fisheries and others are investigating new, innovative ingredients. The research so far suggests that insects, phytoplankton, and single-celled proteins like mold, yeast, and bacteria could provide the same proteins as fishmeal.

Learn more about this research and what it could mean for the future of aquaculture

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Videos: The Economic Importance of Seafood

Watch these videos to learn more about why seafood matters in your region. You can also find delicious recipes and facts about what makes U.S. seafood sustainable on FishWatch.

Watch to learn more about the importance of seafood to our economy

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Blue Catfish: Invasive and Delicious

A new management strategy in the Chesapeake Bay aims to put blue catfish on your plate.

Learn more about why eating blue catfish is good for the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem

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A scientists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries holds a blue catfish.

Eight Delicious Fish You May Not Have Tried

Try something new and invest in the economy by eating these lesser-known fish caught by U.S. fishermen.

Learn more about these tasty lesser-known fish 

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Seafood Stories from the Pacific Islands

Educators, community partners, and NOAA Fisheries come together for an interactive webinar series during Seafood Month 2020. Join the conversation about sustainable seafood and share your seafood stories throughout the month in a crowdsourced StoryMap.

Celebrate Seafood Month in the Pacific Islands region

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Bowl of ‘ahi poke served shoyu style, with soy sauce, green onions, sweet onions, and sesame seeds.

Bold Initiatives Chart Course for Stronger, More Resilient Seafood Sector

A National Seafood Month message from NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver on the future of the U.S. seafood industry.

Read the leadership message on sustainable seafood

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Behind the Scenes of the Most Consumed Seafood

Learn about the robust and transparent environmental standards that make U.S. seafood sustainable.

Learn more about the most consumed seafood

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Celebrating Aquaculture Week 2020

Learn how marine aquaculture—or farmed seafood—is vital for supporting our nation’s seafood production, providing year-round jobs, rebuilding protected species and habitats, and enhancing coastal resilience.

Learn more about aquaculture 

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Seafood: A Fare for Every Palate

With seafood, you can get the nutrients you need in the flavors you love.

Learn more about the diverse flavors seafood offers

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6 Reasons to Add Seafood to Your Menu

Thinking about adding fish and shellfish to your weekly menu? Check out six reasons to eat more seafood.

Learn reasons to add seafood to your menu

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Eat Seafood, America!

Want to eat more seafood but don’t know where to start? FishWatch arms you with the facts about what makes U.S. seafood sustainable—from the ocean or farm to your plate. Get up-to-date information on the status of some of the United States’ harvested marine fish as well as farmed fish, and learn more about various aspects of U.S. seafood. 

Learn more about the Eat Seafood, America! campaign

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Seafood dish. Credit: Shutterstock.