The United States is the largest importer and fifth largest exporter of seafood. In fact, we estimate that at least 85 percent of the seafood we consume is imported. So, it’s essential to ensure the quality of seafood products that are brought in and shipped out of the country.
That’s where our Seafood Inspection Program comes in.
Through our voluntary, fee-for-service program, NOAA inspectors evaluate the quality of seafood and fishery products. They make sure they’re safe and wholesome, and that the weight and species on the label are accurate.
Note: The footage used in this video was obtained pre-COVID. We are still conducting inspections, implementing applicable COVID guidance for on-site activities during the pandemic to ensure the safety of inspectors and consumers.