NOAA Fisheries National Seafood Inspection Laboratory provides analyses, data management, regulatory compliance risk analysis, and technology transfer expertise to meet fishery management and seafood safety responsibilities. The lab shares seafood and aquatic animal health information and data with other federal and state agencies, academia, industry, media, and seafood consumers.
We perform a number of analytical tests for clients in the seafood industry on imported and domestic fishery products on a fee-for-service basis. These services include testing products for methyl mercury, heavy metals, bisulfites, histamines, and moisture, as well as species identification and testing for veterinary drug analyses.
We conduct microbiological analyses on fishery products to test for a number of contaminants, including listeria, salmonella, staphylococcus aureus, fecal coliforms, and vibrio bacteria, among others.
To help detect seafood fraud through species substitution, our scientists use a finfish muscle rapid screening process to identify genera and species. We’ve developed a simple, inexpensive, and fast method of screening for commonly-substituted species. Currently undergoing peer review for journal publication, our unique algorithm is part of proprietary software that uses a library of more than 100 authenticated species for comparison, and the library continues to grow.
Notice of Change in Fees and Charges for the U.S. Department of Commerce Seafood Inspection Program--Effective January 1, 2018
Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated and Harvest documentation updates in Seafood Inspection Service Portal
A message from John Henderschedt, Director of NOAA Fisheries' Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection.
The NOAA Seafood Inspection Program oversees the export of live fishery products intended for human consumption in the United States. The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621-1627) is the primary legislation authorizing SIP to provide services,...
Sampling and Analysis Protocol of Geoduck Clams for Shipment to the People’s Republic of China
The US will implement the following sampling and testing to confirm the designation of harvest locations.
Sample Collection Sites per Harvest Location