Did you know:
- Less than 2 percent of imported seafood is inspected.
- Over 70 percent of domestic shrimp and about 60 percent of domestic oysters came from the Gulf of Mexico prior to the April 2010 oil spill.
- The average consumer eats about 16 pounds of seafood annually, approximately 4 pounds of which is shrimp.
For a while now, I've been extremely conscious of the country of origin for the seafood I eat - I don't buy seafood raised and processed in Asian countries, and instead prefer to buy seafood that indicates it is wild caught, processed at sea, or farm raised in the US.
Questions you to ask before making a seafood purchase:
- Where is this seafood from?
- Is it caught or farmed locally?
- How is this fish caught?
- How is this fish farmed?
- Is this seafood associated with any contaminants?
The Seafood Dirty Dozen
12 fish that fail at least two of our criteria for safe and sustainable seafood (the order listed does not reflect a ranking) The Food & Water Watch uses five major criteria when it comes to recommending seafood:
- Status of the Stock
- Catch Method or Farming Method
- Economic/Cultural/Social Significance
- Key Species
If you'd like a PDF of this information - the Dirty Dozen and a list of alternative species to look for when shopping for seafood - click this link for a printable PDF.