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Swai Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. River & Striped Catfish, Basa, Pangasius, Tra Imported Farmed

Basa/Pangasius/Swai, Farmed, Imported

Basa, Pangasius and Swai are used interchangeably when referring to two species of farmed river catfish from Asia. Catfish farmed in the U.S. is considered a "Best Choice," as it's farmed in a more ecologically responsible manner.

Consumer Note

Imported river catfish from Asia is commonly sold in the U.S. simply as "catfish." Check country-of-origin labels to be sure you know where your catfish is from.


Commercial farming of river catfish - known as Basa, Pangasius and Swai - in southeast Asia has increased rapidly in recent years. River catfish has a strong potential to be a sustainable aquaculture species, but there are conservation concerns with the current practice of open cage aquaculture combined with little or no management of these fish farming operations in Asia.

Recipe Alternatives
U.S. farmed catfish is a "Best Choice."

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