Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide


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Pompano Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Atlantic & Florida Pomano, Cobblerfish, Snubnosed Dart U.S. Farmed
Pompano Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Atlantic & Florida Pomano, Cobblerfish, Snubnosed Dart China Farmed
Pompano, Florida 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. Atlantic & Florida Pompano, Cobblerfish, Snubnosed Dart U.S. Wild

Pompano, Farmed, U.S.

Pompano farmed in recirculation systems in the U.S. have few environmental impacts, making it a "Best Choice" seafood.

Consumer Note

Recirculation systems in the U.S. produce only Florida pompano (T. carolinus), as opposed to open net pen operations in other countries that also produce Snubnose pompano (T. blochii). In the U.S., producers market live and fresh whole pompano, primarily for the restaurant trade. While farming of pompano is a growing industry, the majority of pompano available in the U.S. is wild-caught, mostly from Florida.


Recirculation systems treat and recycle water as opposed to discharging it into the environment, and as such pompano farmed in these systems have a negligible impact with respect to effluent discharge. Additionally, very few chemicals are used in recirculating pompano production and they also would not be discharged to the environment. As there is no direct connection with natural water bodies, the risk of escapes is minimal and the treatment of the water reduces the chance of introduction or discharge of pathogens and disease. Broodstock are hatchery-raised and there is no dependence on wild populations for juveniles.

Research and development has resulted in a feed that contains no fish meal and low levels of fish oil, but given the substantial net loss of protein, the feed score is moderate.

In general, the nature of recirculation systems minimizes the environmental impacts associated with pompano production and therefore U.S. farmed pompano receives a "Best Choice" recommendation.

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