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Transitioning To Sustainable Seafood? These Are The Most Eco-Friendly Fishes

By Nicole Caldwell

The debate is still out on whether humanity will destroy the planet’s oceans by overfishing, pollution, or the spreading of invasive species. None of these options bodes well for environmentalists—or seafood lovers. Fortunately for the latter, there are ways to eat seafood sustainably that don’t involve you developing a taste for lionfish. In fact, according to a multitude of scientists, there are many varieties of fish you can consume without contributing to the oceanic downfall so many environmentalists are trying to avoid.

Lifehacker did the legwork to aggregate information from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list, the Marine Conservation Society, the Blue Ocean Institute, the Marine Stewardship Council, and the Environmental Defense Fund to provide the public with oceanic species you can eat without worrying too much about the environmental repercussions.

First of all, avoid eating these types of fish. 

The way these creatures are being hunted and caught is causing all kinds of issues for fellow species, the numbers of these guys in the wild, and hurting the environment. Do your best to avoid the following: 

  • Bluefin Tuna  
  • Farm-Raised Salmon
  • Eel
  • Farm-Raised Yellowtail
  • Wild Abalone
  • Basa/Pangasius/Swai
  • Cod (Atlantic, Russia, Japan)
  • Crab (Asia and Russia)
  • Atlantic Halibut
  • Spiny Lobster (Belize, Brazil, Honduras, and Nicaragua)
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Orange Roughy
  • Pollock
  • Atlantic Sardines
  • Sharks
  • Imported Shrimp
  • Squid (China, India, and Thailand)