Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Pompano

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SEAFOODRATINGMARKET NAMESLOCATION/CERTIFICATIONHOW CAUGHT/FARMED
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, China

Pompano farmed in open net pens in Asia and the Dominican Republic receive an "Avoid" recommendation due to the significant risk of environmental impacts, specifically with respect to feed use and waste discharges into the surrounding environment.

Consumer Note

Most net pen aquaculture of pompano occurs in China, with minor production in Vietnam and Indonesia. The main species produced in this region is Snubnose pompano (T. blochii), however this recommendation also covers Florida pompano (T. carolinus) produced in net pens in the Dominican Republic. Imported pompano is marketed as frozen fillets, as well as fresh whole and fresh gutted and gilled. Pompano is also sold into the restaurant trade and can be found in some supermarkets in the U.S..

Summary

Pompano produce a substantial amount of waste, and due to the open nature of net pens and weak regulatory control there is a risk to surrounding habitats. Asia in particular also has a history of poorly-regulated and non-transparent chemical use in aquaculture, and while this appears to be improving, data on the subject is limited.

The feeds used in net pen pompano production contain moderate levels of fishmeal and fish oil, and due to the poor feed conversion ratio and large net loss of protein, the feed score is a high concern. While the risk of escape from net pens is higher than for other production systems, net pen reared pompano are native to their respective regions and there is no evidence of significant negative ecological effects of escapes. Additionally, while reported incidences of disease are not widespread, open net pen systems are inherently vulnerable to the transmission and amplification of pathogens.

Overall, net pen pompano produced in Asia and the Dominican Republic receive an "Avoid" recommendation.


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