So, you’ve come to the conclusion that farmed fish can totally be sustainable, and you’re ready to go to the grocery store to purchase some for dinner – now comes the daunting task of trying to remember which farming methods are better than others, which species have minimal environmental impact, and which sellers you should be buying from! With great resources from trusted organizations, this information is accessible – to make it even easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of the most sustainably farmed fish species based on Monterey Bay Aquarium’s guidelines. Next time you’re at the grocery store, just pull up this table and have your pick!
Setting the bar for sustainability, Monterey Bay Aquarium considers 10 different criteria and provides each species a ranking on a scale of 0-10 (0 is poor quality and 10 is high quality). You can check out their full list of farmed and wild fish recommendations worldwide here but we’ve compiled a list of US farmed fin fish species to make it easy for you!
|Arctic Char||Raceway||Cascade Aqua Farms|
|Sunshine Bass||Pond||Ekstrom Aquaculture, Nature's Catch|
|Sunshine Bass||Tank||Colorado Catch, Kent Sea Tech|
|Channel Catfish||Pond||America's Catch, Carolina Classics, Haring Catfish, Harvest Select|
|Red Drum||Pond||Ekstrom Aquaculture|
|Siberian Sturgeon||RAS||Health Earth, Sturgeon Aqua Farms|
|White Sturgeon||Raceway||Fish Breeders of Idaho,|
|White Sturgeon||Tank||Sterling Caviar, Tsar Nicoulai|
|Rainbow Trout||Raceway||Blue Stream Aquaculture, Clear Spring Foods, E&J Fish Farm, Liley Fisheries, Sunburst Trout|
|Rainbow Trout||Pond||Jeramiah’s Bullfrog Fish Farm, Mt Lassen Trout, Plymouth Springs Fish Co|
|Rainbow Trout||Net Pen||Manna Fish Farms|
|Rainbow Trout||RAS||Superior Fresh|