There are many significant health benefits to eating plenty of fish and other seafood, but the delicate state of the world’s oceans and fisheries is putting regular consumption in peril.

According to SeafoodWatch, a program developed by Monterey Bay Aquarium, nearly 85% of the world’s fisheries are either fished to capacity or overfished. The type of seafood you choose can positively or negatively impact fisheries, individual species and many other factors affecting the long-term sustainability of ocean habitats.

According to its website, SeafoodWatch uses science-based, peer-reviewed methods to assess how fisheries and farmed seafood impact the environment; it also recommends “Best Choices,” “Good Alternatives” and items to “Avoid.” SeafoodWatch raises consumer awareness through its pocket guides, website, smartphone and tablet applications, as well as through partnerships with businesses, zoos, aquariums and culinary leaders. Recommendations aimed at helping consumers to make informed choices were updated recently at

Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster is the editor in chief of IDEA’s award-winning publications. She is Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified and is a Rouxbe Certified Plant-Based Professional cook.

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