Top fish to eat in order to save ocean populations, plus app

Want to know what fish you should buy or order based on whether it is being overfished? The Monterey Bay (Calif.) Aquarium now offers an app for that dubbed Project FishMap. It lets users share the locations of restaurants and markets where they have found sustainable seafood. In addition, they also have a pocket guide that will tell you which fish to pick. I’ve included a list below of the recommended fish to eat, which will help you save our ocean's fish populations. Stick to this list and feel good about it.

While some of the list recommends farmed fish, most environmentalists say it is better for your health and to protect wild populations to protest farmed fished. I don’t eat farmed myself. But that is a choice left to the individual.

Best Fish to Eat
Abalone (U.S. Farmed)
Arctic Char (Farmed in Recirculating Systems)
Barramundi (U.S. Farmed in Fully Recirculating Systems)
Capelin (Iceland)
Catfish (U.S. Farmed)
Clams (Farmed)
Clams, Softshell/Steamers (Wild-caught)
Cobia (U.S. Farmed)
Cod, Atlantic (Hook-and-line from Iceland and Northeast Arctic)
Cod, Pacific (U.S. Bottom Longline, Jig and Trap)
Crab, Dungeness (California, Oregon and Washington)
Crab, Kona (Australia)
Crab, Stone
Crawfish/Crayfish (U.S. Farmed)
Croaker, Atlantic (U.S. Non-trawl)
Giant Clam/Geoduck (Wild-caught)
Haddock (Hook-and-line from U.S. Atlantic)
Halibut, Pacific (U.S.)
Lobster, California Spiny (California)
Lobster, Caribbean Spiny (Florida)
Lobster, Spiny (Baja California, Mexico)
Mackerel, Atlantic (Canada)
Mackerel, King (U.S. Atlantic and U.S. Gulf of Mexico)
Mackerel, Spanish (U.S. Atlantic and U.S. Gulf of Mexico)
Mahi Mahi (Troll/Pole from U.S. Atlantic)
Mullet, Striped
Mussels (Farmed)
Oysters (Farmed)
Perch, Yellow (Lake Erie)
Pollock, Atlantic (Gillnet and Purse Seine from Norway)
Prawn, Freshwater (U.S. Farmed)
Prawn, Spot (Canadian Pacific)
Rockfish, Black (Hook-and-line from California, Oregon and Washington)
Sablefish/Black Cod (Alaska and Canadian Pacific)
Salmon (Drift Gillnet, Purse Seine and Troll, from Alaska)
Salmon Roe (Drift Gillnet, Purse Seine and Troll, from Alaska)
Salmon, Freshwater Coho (U.S. Farmed in Tank Systems)
Sardines, Pacific (U.S.)
Scad, Big-eye (Hawaii)
Scad, Mackerel (Hawaii)
Scallops (Farmed)
Scallops, Sea (Diver-caught in Laguna Ojo de Liebre and Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, Mexico)
Sea Urchin Roe (Canada)
Seatrout, Spotted ( Wild-caught from Florida and Louisiana)
Shrimp (U.S. Farmed in Fully Recirculating Systems or Inland Ponds)
Shrimp, Pink (Oregon)
Squid, Longfin (U.S. Atlantic)
Striped Bass (U.S. Wild-caught)
Striped Bass (U.S. Farmed or Wild-caught)
Swordfish (Hawaii Harpoon, Handline)
Swordfish (Harpoon & Handline-caught from Canada, the U.S., North Atlantic & East Pacific)
Tilapia (U.S. Farmed)
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-and-line)
Tuna, Skipjack ("Light" Canned) (Troll/Pole)
Tuna, Yellowfin (Troll/Pole from the Pacific and U.S. Atlantic)
White Seabass (Hook-and-line from California)
Whitefish, Lake (Lake Huron and Lake Superior)
Whitefish, Lake (Trap-net from Lake Michigan)

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