Sustainable Seafood

I recently went to an event on Sustainability for the Chicago Dietetic Association where there was a speaker from the Chicago Shedd Aquarium who came to speak about sustainable seafood. If you’re like me, you may be confused about where your seafood comes from and whether wild, farmed, imported, or local is best.


At the lecture we all received a wallet card to serve as an easy reference about the best fish to choose while shopping Chicago-area supermarkets. Here are a few seafood items from the “Best Choices” list. These fisheries are in good shape, the fish populations are at a healthy number, and the methods of fishing are environmentally friendly.

Purchase fish from this list to support sustainable seafood and ensure that you are not the cause of overfishing or ocean environmental destruction. There are no hard and fast rules to choosing seafood; for some fish it is better to buy farmed whereas others wild catch are better. Be sure to ask your grocer about where their fish comes from and the method by which it was fished.

  • Barramundi (US farmed)
  • Catfish (US farmed)
  • Clams (farmed)
  • Cod: Pacific (Alaska)
  • Crab: Dungeness or Stone (US trap)
  • Halibut: Pacific
  • Lobster: Spiny (US)
  • Mussels (farmed)
  • Oysters (farmed)
  • Perch: Yellow (Lake Erie)
  • Pollock (Alaska wild)
  • Salmon (Alaska wild)
  • Shrimp: Pink (Oregon wild)
  • Scallops: Bay (farmed)
  • Striped Bass (farmed or wild)
  • Tilapia (US farmed)
  • Trout: Rainbow (farmed)
  • Tuna: Albacore (troll/pole, US or British Columbia)
  • Whitefish: Lake (trap net)

Click here to download and print off the entire Seafood Wallet-Guide from the Shedd Aquarium website to take with you on your next trip to the supermarket!

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  1. what a nice resource! thanks for sharing.

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