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NOAA Fisheries Celebrates National Seafood Month

October 3, 2016

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Visit, the nation's database on sustainable seafood, to find science-based facts on more than 100 marine species. 

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Seafood Features 

Aquaculture is the farming, breeding, rearing, and harvesting of plants and animals in all types of water environments including ponds, rivers, lakes, and the ocean. 

Aquaculture is critical to meet the growing seafood demand, help build wild fish stocks, and reduce dependence on imports. Learn more about aquaculture.

Celebrating Sustainability
Listen up seafood lovers! October is National Seafood Month, a time to highlight sustainable fisheries and the smart seafood choices they provide. Ensuring that both present and future generations can enjoy the benefits of sustainable seafood 
is a core responsibility of NOAA Fisheries. 

We monitor and enforce marine fisheries within 4.4 million square miles and 95,000 coastland miles of the U.S. exclusive economic zone. This makes U.S. fisheries some of the largest and most valuable in the world, supplying about a fifth of the seafood we eat in the United States.

Rebuilding Seafood Stocks
NOAA Fisheries tracks 473 stocks managed by 46 fishery management plans. Since 2000, we have rebuilt 40 stocks as a result of our fishery management process. Reaching our 40th rebuilt stock—barndoor skate—is one more 
significant milestone in fisheries management. Overfishing and overfished numbers also remained near all time lows in 2015. 

Our Journey to Sustainable Fisheries
The Magnuson-Stevens Act is the primary law governing our fisheries, and it was signed into law 40 years ago in 1973. This law has helped our fisheries become sustainable. 

Today, U.S. fisheries are globally recognized as responsibly managed. This key law helps prevent overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks, increase long-term economic and social benefits, and ensure a safe and sustainable seafood supply for our nation.

Watch the video below to learn more about our journey in fisheries management.