Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Smelt, Eulachon

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Smelt 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. Eulachon, Smelt Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild
Smelt, Eulachon Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Smelt Canadian Pacific Conical, Seine
Smelt, Rainbow 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. American & Freshwater Smelt, Leefish, Frost Fish Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie Wild


Eulachon, Conical & Seine, Canadian Pacific

Eulachon caught in the rivers of the Canadian Pacific is an "Avoid" recommendation, due to strong concerns about the population status.

Summary

Eulachon is a smelt found in the Northeast Pacific. Due to the endangered status of some populations of this species, no commercial or recreational fisheries are permitted, with the exception of First Nation communities.

Despite these closures, this population is not yet rebuilding. While scientists believe the cause is not limited to fishing, previous overfishing has severely depleted this species from these rivers.


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