Serving Up Seafood: National Seafood Month

October 01, 2019

Join us for National Seafood Month 2019 and learn how we work to support healthy, sustainable seafood all year round.

Seafood on ice

October is National Seafood Month, and a fitting time to celebrate that the United States is recognized as a global leader in sustainable seafood—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. 


NOAA Fisheries works to advance and export sustainable management practices internationally, establish and maintain a level the playing field for our fishermen and fish farmers, and maintain confidence in U.S. seafood products and access to the global marketplace. The recipe for sustainable seafood includes strong science, responsive management, and enforced compliance.



FishWatch is the go-to source for up-to-date information on the science, status, and management of U.S. seafood. 

Seafood Videos

Alaska Kelp Farming: A New Sustainable Seafood Opportunity

Watch how Alaskan kelp farmers are growing seaweed to help address the growing demand for seafood and seafood products.

    Aquaculture as Agriculture

    Aquaculture is the process of farming in the water. The U.S. has long been a world leader in agriculture and today U.S. aquaculture is rapidly growing. Seafood farmers grow some of the healthiest and most sustainable food we can eat.

      Misperceptions About Aquaculture

      Some of the highest quality fish species that you can consume may be farm raised. It all comes down to knowing your source, quality of feed, the way the animals are grown, and the environmental standards they're grown in. 

        Reeling to Rebuilding: Success for West Coast Fisheries

        Watch the video below to how the West Coast groundfish fishery has evolved over time. Learn how the rebuilding process has been a team effort among scientists, managers, and fishermen.

          Celebrate National Seafood Month 

          Check out this shout-out to Seafood Month 2019 by Rob Ruiz, a chef, restaurant owner, and FishWatch Partner in San Diego, California.  

            Seafood Features

            From Local Farm to Table: Our History of Sustainable Fish Production

            Hawaiian fish ponds are part of a push to raise more fish and shellfish around the islands for cultural reasons, as well  as to feed a hungry wave of tourists who visit each year. The locally-grown food promotes health and environmental responsibility.

            Learn how Hawaiian fish ponds help with sustainable seafood production


            Hatchery-born mullets in Hawaiian fish pond.

            New App Answers Aquaculture Siting Questions in Seconds

            OceanReports is a new tool developed by NOAA's National Ocean Service and partners. Using the tool, aquaculture stakeholders—including seafood farmers, coastal managers and regulators, and environmental organizations—can rapidly assess marine environments for ocean farming suitability. 

            Learn more about this new aquaculture tool


            Coastal net pens off the coast of Maine. Credit: NOAA.

            Tide to Table: The Rise of Ocean Farmers

            Aquaculture, also known as farming in water, is the fastest growing food production system in the world. In the United States, aquaculture farmers raised and harvested more than 80 million pounds of seafood in coastal waters and the open ocean.

            Learn more about the growing aquaculture industry


            Hawaiian kanpachi. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Cynthia Sandoval.

            Now Comes the Hard Work: Rebuilding the Market for West Coast Groundfish

            Innovation and determination pushes local rockfish back onto fish counters often dominated by imported fish.

            Learn more about rebuilding the market for West Coast groundfish


            Fishermen aboard Miss Sue, of Newport, Oregon, haul in their catch of rockfish off the West Coast.

            Devastating Collapse of Groundfish Fishery Forces a More Sustainable Future

            After the collapse of the groundfish fishery, fishermen remade the system to survive.

            Learn how the West Coast groundfish fishery sought a new, more sustainable future


            Pulling final tow of the day on West Coast Groundfish Survey.

            West Coast Fisheries "Comeback of the Century"

            At San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and beyond, sustainable rockfish returns to market and to dinner plates around the world.

            Learn more about rebuilt groundfish fisheries on the West Coast


            A black and yellow rockfish, also known as groundfish, off the West Coast.

            Eat Your Way to a Healthier You, Me, Country, and Planet

            Dr. Michael Rubino, Senior Advisor for Seafood Strategy at NOAA Fisheries, discusses why seafood is good for our health, nation, and planet.

            Read our latest leadership message on the importance of sustainable seafood


            Seafood on ice. Credit: Shutterstock.

            The Surprising Story of Swordfish You May Not Know

            Today’s North Atlantic swordfish stock is fully rebuilt and maintaining above-target population levels. But there’s work to be done to ensure management measures better support the fishing industry.

            Learn more about swordfish

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            Swordfish swimming alone. Credit: Shutterstock.

            Online Tool Screens Finfish Fillets for Mislabeling, Substitution

            Developed by the National Seafood Inspection Laboratory, the tool supports the nation’s safe, sustainable seafood supply.

            Learn more about an online tool that can flag potentially mislabeled finfish fillets before they hit the seafood aisle


            Seafood display case.

            Swordfish, It’s What (Could Be) for Dinner

            If it’s U.S.-harvested swordfish, you can feel confident it’s a smart seafood choice.

            Learn more about swordfish as sustainable option for your dinner plate


            Cooked North Atlantic swordfish.


            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.