Buyer's Guide

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BEST CHOICES
GOOD ALTERNATIVES
AVOID
Abalone (Worldwide, Contained Production Systems Test)
Arctic Char (U.S., Canada, Norway, Iceland, Farmed in Recirculating Systems)
Barramundi (U.S., Farmed in Recirculating Systems)
Bass, Largemouth (U.S. Farmed)
Branzino (Nova Scotia, Canada, Farmed in Tank Systems)
Catfish (U.S. Farmed)
Caviar, White Sturgeon (Alberta, Canada, Farmed in Tank Systems)
Chilean Seabass (Heard and McDonald Islands, Falkland Islands, Macquarie Island, Longline)
Clams (Worldwide, Farmed)
Clams, Pacific Razor (Washington, Oregon, Quinault Nation; Hand Harvested)
Cobia (U.S. Farmed)
Cod, Atlantic (Handline from Iceland and Northeast Arctic (by Norway, Russia))
Cod, Pacific (U.S. Bottom Longline, Handline and Trap)
Crab, Blue (Chesapeake Bay Trotline)
Crab, Dungeness (California, Oregon and Washington, Trap)
Crab, Snow (Eastern Bering Sea, U.S., Trap, Pot)
Crab, Snow (Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, Pot, Trap)
Crab, Stone (U.S. Atlantic, U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Wild)
Drum, Red (U.S. Farmed)
Gilthead Sea Bream (Nova Scotia, Canada , Farmed in Tank Systems)
Halibut, Pacific (U.S. Wild)
Hybrid Striped Bass (U.S. Farmed)
Lobster, California Spiny (Mexico Traps)
Lobster,Caribbean Spiny (Mexico Diver-Caught)
Mackerel, Atlantic (U.S. Purse Seine)
Mussels (Worldwide, Farmed)
Oysters (Worldwide, Farmed)
Oysters (U.S. Gulf of Mexico Wild)
Perch, Yellow (U.S. Farmed in Tank Systems)
Salmon (Drift Gillnet, Purse Seine and Troll, from Alaska)
Sardines, Pacific (Canada, U.S., Purse Seine)
Scallops (Worldwide, Farmed)
Scallops, Pink (Canadian Pacific, Butterfly Trawl)
Scallops, Sea (Diver-caught in Laguna Ojo de Liebre and Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, Mexico)
Scallops, Spiny (Canadian Pacific, Butterfly Trawl)
Scallops, Weathervane (Alaska, Dredged)
Shrimp, Black Tiger (Southeast Asia, Selva Shrimp (R) Verified Farms)
Striped Bass (U.S. Atlantic, Handline)
Sturgeon, White (Canadian Pacific, Farmed in Tank Systems)
Tilapia (U.S. Farmed in Closed Recirculating Systems)
Tilapia (Ecuador, Farmed in Ponds)
Tilapia (Alberta, Canada, Farmed in Tank Systems)
Trout, Rainbow/Steelhead (U.S. Farmed)
Tuna, Albacore (Troll/Pole from the Canadian and U.S. Pacific)
Tuna, Albacore ("White" Canned) (Troll/Pole from the Canadian and U.S. Pacific)
Tuna, Bigeye (Troll/Pole from the U.S. Atlantic)
Tuna, Skipjack (Worldwide, Troll/Pole)
Tuna, Skipjack (Worldwide, Purse-seine FAD-free)
Tuna, Skipjack ("Light" Canned) (Worldwide Purse Seine FAD-Free)
Tuna, Skipjack ("Light" Canned) (Worldwide, Troll/Pole)
Alfonsino (New Zealand, Midwater Trawl)
Anchovy (Wild MSC Certified)
Anchovy, European (Adriatic Sea, Wild)
Barramundi (Australia, Farmed in Fully Recirculating Systems)
Basa (Imported, Farmed)
Bass (Wild MSC Certified)
California Spiny Lobster (California Traps)
Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Florida Traps)
Carp (Naturland Certified Farmed)
Caviar, Sturgeon (U.S. Farmed)
Chilean Seabass (South Georgia, Kerguelen Islands, Longline)
Chilean Seabass (Ross Sea, Longline)
Clams (Wild MSC Certified)
Clams (ASC Certified Farmed)
Clams (Canadian Organic Certified Farmed)
Clams, Atlantic Surf (U.S. Atlantic, Clam Dredge)
Cod (Wild MSC Certified)
Cod, Atlantic (U.S. Atlantic Georges Bank Handline)
Cod, Atlantic (Bottom Gillnet, Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl and Danish Seine from Iceland and Northeast Arctic)
Cod, Pacific (U.S. Trawl)
Crab (Wild MSC Certified)
Crab, Blue (U.S. Pot)
Crab, Dungeness (Alaska, Trap)
Crab, King (U.S. Trap)
Crab, King Southern (Argentina, Trap)
Crab, Snow (Eastern Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Pot, Trap)
Flounder (Wild from U.S. Pacific)
Flounder (Wild MSC Certified)
Flounder, Summer (U.S. Atlantic Bottom Trawl)
Flounder, Windowpane (U.S. Southern New England, U.S. Mid-Atlantic, Bottom Trawl)
Flounder, Winter (U.S. Atlantic Wild)
Flounder, Yellowtail (U.S. Southern New England, U.S. Mid-Atlantic, Bottom Trawl)
Geoduck (Canadian Organic Certified Farmed)
Grouper, Black, Red (U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Wild)
Haddock (Wild MSC Certified)
Hake (Wild MSC Certified)
Halibut (Wild MSC Certified)
Halibut, Atlantic (Nova Scotia, Canada, Farmed in Tank Systems)
Herring (Wild MSC Certified)
Herring, Atlantic (U.S. Atlantic, Wild)
Hoki (Wild MSC Certified)
Icefish (Wild MSC Certified)
Krill (Wild MSC Certified)
Lobster (Wild MSC Certified)
Lobster, American (U.S. Gulf of Maine, U.S. Georges Bank, Trap, Pot)
Lobster, Caribbean Spiny (Bahamas Diver-caught, Traps)
Mackerel, Atlantic (U.S. Midwater and Bottom Trawl)
Mahi Mahi (U.S. Longline)
Mahi Mahi (Ecuador Longline)
Milkfish (Naturland Certified Farmed)
Monkfish (U.S. Atlantic, Bottom Trawl and Bottom Gillnet)
Mullet (Wild MSC Certified)
Mulloway (Wild MSC Certified)
Mussels (Wild MSC Certified)
Mussels (Naturland Certified Farmed)
Mussels (Canadian Organic Certified Farmed)
Mussels (Friends of the Sea Certified Farmed)
Octopus (Gulf of California Wild)
Octopus, Common/Sushi (Spain, Wild)
Oysters (Wild MSC Certified)
Oysters (Canadian Organic Certified Farmed)
Oysters (ASC Certified Farmed)
Pangasius (ASC Certified farmed)
Pangasius (Naturland Certified Farmed)
Pangasius (Imported, Farmed)
Perch (Wild MSC Certified)
Pollock (Wild MSC Certified)
Pollock, Alaska (Alaska, Wild)
Pollock, Atlantic (U.S. Atlantic Wild)
Sablefish (Wild MSC Certified)
Salmon (Wild MSC Certified)
Salmon (Drift Gillnet, Purse Seine and Troll from California, Oregon and Washington)
Salmon, Atlantic: Verlasso (R) (Farmed, Chile)
Salmon, Coho (Canadian Pacific, Wild)
Sardines (Wild MSC Certified)
Scallops (ASC Certified Farmed)
Scallops, Bay (Diver-caught in Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico)
Scallops, Sea (U.S. Atlantic, Dredged)
Shrimp (Thailand, Farmed in Fully Recirculating Systems)
Shrimp (Wild MSC Certified)
Shrimp (U.S. Gulf of Mexico except Louisiana, U.S. South Atlantic, Otter Trawl)
Shrimp (Naturland Certified Farmed)
Shrimp (ASC Certified Farmed)
Shrimp (Farmed, Global Aquaculture Alliance BAP Certified)
Shrimp, Northern (U.S. and Canadian Atlantic, Wild)
Smelt (Wild MSC Certified)
Snapper, Red (U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Wild)
Snapper, Vermilion (U.S. Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Wild)
Snapper, Yellowtail (Wild from U.S. Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic)
Sole (Wild from U.S. Pacific)
Sole (MSC Certified Wild)
Spiny Dogfish (MSC Certified Wild)
Squid, Jumbo (Gulf of California, Wild)
Squid, Market (California, Purse Seine)
Striped Bass (U.S. Atlantic, Gillnet and Pound Net)
Sturgeon (U.S. Farmed)
Sturgeon, Green (U.S., Wild)
Sturgeon, White (Wild from Oregon and Washington)
Swai (Imported, Farmed)
Swordfish (U.S. Longline)
Swordfish (MSC Certified Wild)
Tilapia (China, Farmed in Ponds)
Tilapia (Naturland Certified Farmed)
Tuna, Albacore (MSC Certified Wild)
Tuna, Albacore (South Atlantic, Troll/Pole)
Tuna, Albacore ("White" Canned) (Worldwide, Troll/Pole Except Canadian and U.S. Pacific)
Tuna, Bigeye (Worldwide, Troll/Pole)
Tuna, Tongol (Worldwide, Troll/Pole)
Tuna, Yellowfin (Worldwide Except Pacific and U.S. Atlantic, Troll/Pole)
Abalone (China, Japan, Sea Ranched)
Alfonsino (New Zealand, Midwater Trawl, Bottom Trawl (BXY3))
Anchovy, European (Black & Mediterranean Seas, Wild)
Barramundi (Indonesia, Wild)
Barramundi (Imported, Farmed in Open Systems)
Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Belize, Brazil, Honduras, Nicaragua Diver-caught, Traps)
Caviar, Paddlefish (U.S. Wild)
Caviar, Sturgeon (Imported, Wild)
Chilean Seabass (Chile, Crozet Islands, Prince Edward and Marion Islands, Longline)
Cobia (Imported, Farmed)
Cod, Atlantic (Canadian Atlantic Bottom Trawl)
Cod, Atlantic (U.S. Georges Bank Gillnet, Longline and Trawl)
Cod, Atlantic (U.S. Gulf of Maine Wild)
Cod, Atlantic (Canadian Georges Bank Wild)
Cod, Pacific (Russian and Japanese Pacific, Wild)
Corvina, Gulf (Gulf of California, Wild)
Crab, King Red (Russia, Trap)
Crab, Swimmer, Blue (China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines Pot, Bottom Gillnet, Bottom Trawl)
Crab, Swimmer, Red (China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Pot, Bottom Gillnet, Bottom Trawl)
Flounder, Windowpane (U.S. Georges Bank, U.S. Gulf of Maine, Bottom Trawl)
Flounder, Witch (U.S. Atlantic Bottom Trawl)
Flounder, Yellowtail (U.S. Georges Bank, U.S. Gulf of Maine, Bottom Trawl and Bottom Gillnet)
Grouper (U.S. Atlantic, Wild)
Grouper, Gag, Snowy, Warsaw, Yellowedge (U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Wild)
Halibut, Atlantic (U.S. Bottom Trawl)
Lobster, American (U.S. Southern New England, Trap, Pot)
Mahi Mahi (Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru Longline)
Octopus (Philippines, Wild)
Octopus, Common/Sushi (Mauritania, Morocco and Vietnam, Wild)
Orange Roughy (Worldwide, Wild)
Rockfish (Pacific, Trawl)
Salmon, Atlantic (Worldwide Except U.S. Farmed in Tank Systems, Farmed including Atlantic)
Sea Turtles (Gulf of California, Wild)
Shad, American (U.S. Atlantic, Gillnet)
Shark (Wild Worldwide, Except Common Thresher and Shortfin Mako, from California and Hawaii)
Shrimp (Imported, Farmed in Open Systems)
Shrimp (Mexico, Farmed in Open Systems)
Shrimp (U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Skimmer Trawl)
Shrimp (Mexico, Wild)
Shrimp, Louisiana (Louisiana, Wild)
Snapper, Red (U.S. South Atlantic, Wild)
Squid, Mitre (China, Thailand, Trawl)
Sturgeon (Imported, Wild)
Swordfish (Imported, Longline)
Totoaba (Gulf of California, Wild)
Tuna (Canned) (Worldwide, Wild Except Troll/Pole)
Tuna, Albacore (All Longline Except Hawaii)
Tuna, Albacore (North Atlantic, Wild)
Tuna, Bigeye (Worldwide Except U.S. Atlantic, Longline)
Tuna, Bluefin (Worldwide, Wild)
Tuna, Bluefin (Worldwide, Ranched)
Tuna, Skipjack (Imported, Longline)
Tuna, Skipjack (Worldwide, Purse Seine)
Tuna, Tongol (Worldwide Except Malaysia, Gillnet and Purse Seine)
Tuna, Yellowfin (Worldwide Except Hawaii and U.S. Atlantic, Longline)
Tuna, Yellowfin (Worldwide, Purse Seine)
Yellowtail (Australia, Farmed)
Yellowtail (Japan, Farmed)