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Buying Healthy Fish on a Budget
Buying Healthy Fish on a Budget

Part 3 of a 4-part series called Buying Healthy on a Budget 

Between canned, frozen, farmed, and wild-caught there are endless options when it comes to fish.  And it’s a good thing because as a nation we are consuming more than our fair share of fish these days. 

 

Farmed v.s. Wild 

For more information on the differences between farmed and wild fish visit the Farmed v.s. Wild article. 

Check the List

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a fantastic resource to help you decide which fish are most sustainable and best for your health. Get connected by downloading the Mobile Guide that will help you choose ocean-friendly seafood on the go. 

Best to Avoid
 

Basa (china, farmed)

Bass/sea bass

Catfish (China, farmed)

Caviar

Chilean Sea Bass

Cod (Atlantic)

Conch, queen

Crab, King

Crawfish (farmed, imported)

Croaker

Dace (China, farmed)

Eel (China, farmed0

Flounder (Atlantic)

Grenadier

Grouper

Gulf Corvina (white sea bass)

Haddock (trawl-caught)

Hake, white

Halibut (Atlantic)

Lobster, spiny (Caribbean)

Mahimahi (long-line caught)

Monkfish

Orange roughy

Pompano, Florida

Rockfish (Pacific red snapper; trawl-caught)

Salmon (Great Lakes, farmed)

Scallops, sea (U.S. mid-Atlantic)

Sea turtles

Shark

Shrimp (imported)

Skate

Snapper (red or imported)

Sole (Atlantic)

Sturgeon (wild-caught)

Swordfish

Tilapia (China, Taiwan, farmed)

Tilefish

Totoaba

 

Safe for Eating

 

Abalone (farmed)

Anchovies

Arctic char

Barramundi (U.S., farmed)

Catfish (U.S., farmed)

Caviar (U.S. or France, farmed)

Clams, soft-shell and steamers

Crab, Dungeness (U.S., trap-caught)

Crab, imitation (AK, wild-caught)

Crab, stone (FL)

Crawfish (U.S., farmed)

Cuttlefish

Herring

Hoki

Lobster, spiny/rock (U.S., Australia, N. Amer. Baja Coast)

Mackerel, Atlantic (purse seinecaught)

Mussels (U.S., farmed)

Octopus (HI, Gulf of California, wild-caught)

Oysters (Pacific, farmed)

Pollock (AK, wild-caught)

Prawn, spot (BC, wild-caught)

Salmon (AK, wild-caught)

Sardines (Pacific)

Scad, big-eye and mackerel (HI)

Scallops, bay (U.S., farmed)

Shrimp, pink (OR, wild-caught)

Squid, longfin (U.S., Atlantic)

Striped bass (farmed)

Sturgeon (farmed)

Tilapia (U.S., farmed)

Trout, rainbow (U.S., farmed)

Tuna (troll-caught Pacific albacore)

Turbot, halibut (Greenland)

Organic V.S. Non-Organic and where you should spend your money
 

Because the organic standards for fish in the United States still have some kinks to figure out before you’ll see the USDA seal on the scales, your best choice is to support sustainable fisheries with safe and clean practices . For salmon, a fish that is often farmed, choose sustainable fisheries in Alaska and California, which farm seasonably fresh fish. Choose non-farmed varieties whenever possible, buying canned or frozen when you can’t find your ideal choice in the fresh fish case.

 

Posted by The Sara Snow Team on 09/25/2011 at 10:19 PM - PERMALINK | EMAIL | PRINT | RSS  Subscribe
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