How to Choose the Safest Seafood


Along with being a tasty source of protein, seafood is one of the best ways to get those essential omega-3 fatty acids. The following is a list of the best fish to consume for your health.

Eat These Fish

Here are some varieties that you can enjoy once per week or more. 

From the Farm

  • Tilapia (American)
  • Bay Scallops
  • Oysters
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Striped Bass
  • Catfish


From the Wild

  • Domestic Mahi-Mahi
  • Domestic crayfish
  • Atlantic Herring
  • Clams
  • Dungeness and Snow Crab
  • Spiny and Maine Lobster
  • Anchovies
  • Mussels
  • Pacific Cod
  • Squid


All Around Goodness

  • Wild Atlantic Salmon (canned or fresh)
  • Domestic Shrimp (farmed or wild)

Watch Out for These Fish

These species are facing severe overfishing or contain high levels of contaminants. Eat in moderation or not at all.

  • Bluefin Tuna
  • Albacore Tuna
  • Chilean Sea Bass
  • Eel
  • Halibut, Flounder, Sole
  • King Mackerel
  • Atlantic Salmon
  • Marlin
  • Swordfish
  • Shark
  • Wild Sturgeon & Paddlefish Caviar
  • Tilefish
  • Walleye
  • Atlantic Cod
  • Orange Roughy

What to Ask About Your Seafood

Here’s what to ask about your seafood before purchasing at the store or ordering from the menu.


Where’s it from?

Opt for domestic over imported, both for safety and sustainability.


Farmed or wild?

Choose wild unless otherwise specified on the list above.


Is it caught or farmed locally?

Locally caught fish are usually safer to eat (and often fresher!)


How is it farmed?

Choose USDA-farmed fish. Opt for a low-/no-output recirculating system if possible.


How’s it caught?

Choose fish caught by hook and line, troll or spear. 


Courtesy: Greatist