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Seafood Commerce & Certification

Seafood Commerce & Certification

NOAA Fisheries works to ensure confidence in U.S. seafood by protecting and strengthening the seafood market through global trade, establishing partnerships with industry and consumer groups, providing seafood inspection services, and analyzing seafood safety risks. 

We offer voluntary seafood inspection services to processors and importers, domestically and internationally, to assist in meeting U.S. regulations and generally accepted seafood production best practices governing fishery products for human consumption. This service supports seafood safety and includes sanitation inspection, system and process audits, grading and inspection, and product laboratory analyses.


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>⅓ of seafood traded in United States

NOAA Fisheries National Seafood Inspection lab audits and certifies more than one third of the seafood traded in the United States.

19,000 tons of fishmeal exports

In 2016, NOAA Fisheries Seafood Inspection tested this amount of fishmeal exports worth $26 million.

>47,000 tons of fish oil exports worth nearly $84 million

In 2016, NOAA Fisheries National Seafood Inspection Lab inspected this amount of fish oil exports.

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Seafood Import Monitoring Program

For imports of certain seafood products, there are reporting and record-keeping requirements needed to prevent illegally caught, unreported, unregulated, and/or misrepresented seafood from entering U.S. commerce. This provides additional protections for our national economy, global food security, and the sustainability of our shared ocean resources.

Learn more about the Seafood Import Monitoring Program 

Approved Establishments

Approved establishments are processing facilities or vessels that have voluntarily contracted with the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program to be sanitarily inspected, approved, and certified for producing safe, wholesome products in accordance with specific quality regulations established by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Refer to the list of approved establishments to determine which fishery products have been produced in fish establishments approved by the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program.

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Certificate Validation

NOAA Seafood Inspection provides online validations of completed seafood inspection certificates. To use the system, you will need to know the certificate number, certificate number extension, certificate date, and species.

Learn more about how to get a certificate validated 

Geoduck Harvest Areas Cleared for Certification to China

The United States will implement sampling and testing to confirm the designation of harvest location for geoduck. Collection sites within a harvest locations will be determined based on relevant factors including, but not limited to, harvest activity and access to the site.

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National Seafood Inspection Lab

The National Seafood Inspection Lab provides accredited ISO 17025 analytical laboratory testing of seafood samples for bacterial pathogens, chemical contaminants, and other health hazards.

Learn more about the National Seafood Inspection Lab

Foreign Seafood Trade Data

We maintain a foreign trade database dating back to 1975 that allows users to summarize U.S. foreign trade (imports/exports) in fish products. You can summarize the weight and dollar value by year, product, country, and type of trade.

Learn more about foreign trade data


Learn about NOAA’s Seafood Inspection Program and the services we provide to the seafood industry.