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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Seafood Savvy?
Seafood Savvy is a program that is designed to empower consumers to know the right seafood to buy and why, that their choices matter, and how simple actions that they take can make a big difference.
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Why do seafood choices matter?
Our choices drive the seafood market place. Your purchasing power makes a difference. Your support of fishers and farms that are better for the environment will relieve pressure on others that are not doing as well. With more than 75% of the world’s fisheries either fully fished or overfished, these issues are more important than ever. By using our Seafood Savvy guide you’re making choices based on the best available information and supporting environmentally friendly fisheries and aquaculture operations.
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What do you mean by sustainable seafood?
This means that the seafood comes from sources either fished or farmed that maintain or increase production in the long term without jeopardizing the affected ecosystems.
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How is sustainability determined?
Sustainability is determined by several different factors.

  • Are current needs being met without compromising future potential?
  • Is what is being taken only what can be replaced?
  • Are the fish being harvested from healthy populations in environmentally friendly ways?
  • Is the ecosystem being managed so that there is a natural replenishment?
  • Are the fishing methods used ones that will supply present as well as future needs?

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Why is sustainability important to me?
There are several reasons for this. One is fish are a primary food source. They are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids which are an important part of our overall health. Fisheries provide commercial productivity (in Georgia alone fisheries directly or indirectly affect or 40,000 jobs). Also destructive fishing methods harm the global aquatic environment and contribute to a decline in our over all quality of life.
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How do I know the seafood I purchase is from an environmentally responsible source?
On April 4, 2004 supermarkets were required to label unprocessed seafood as to where it is from, whether is it farm raised or wild caught. If such information is not available in a store or on a restaurant menu, we recommend that you ask the following questions:
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  • Do you know where this seafood comes from?
  • Do you know if it’s farmed or wild caught?
  • If it’s wild, how was it caught?

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Where can I buy (locally) sustainable seafood?
At this time, there are at least two sources in the Metro Atlanta area – Whole Foods and Harry’s Farmers.
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Are there any health concerns that I should be aware of when eating seafood?
The federal government does have guidelines that are listed in an advisory published by the Food and Drug Administration and the EPA. The guidelines include consumption advisories, health risk assessments and information about environmental sources for these contaminants.
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Why are some farm raised fish ok and others not?
Some of the most popular types of seafood can be farm-raised in addition to being caught in the wild, including salmon and shrimp. Other seafood items are almost exclusively farmed, such as tilapia and catfish. Some types of fish farming, also referred to as aquaculture, have more impact on the environment than others. This depends in part on what type of fish is being farmed, what type of farming method is being used and where the farm is located.
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What are some of the major concerns to farm raised and imported shrimp?
80% of shrimp available in the U.S. market is imported from developing nations. Farms that occur along the coast in many tropical nations have adverse impacts on the environment, including the destruction of mangrove forests, salt marshes and flatlands. Many farms also release their untreated wastewater into the coastal environment, leading to pollution and disease. Included in these effluent waters are high concentrations of antibiotics and other chemicals used to raise the shrimp.
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What can you do as a guest?
Pick up a Seafood Savvy guide for yourself, a friend or family member. Ask questions at the market or at the restaurant. Encourage your favorite restaurant or market to only supply sustainable seafood. Be informed! Be empowered! Make the right choice!
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How is the Georgia Aquarium setting an example for sustainability?
First, our food broker evaluates all vendors (both animal and human consumption) to ensure that they use sustainable harvesting methods before we conduct business with them. Second, we have developed our Seafood Savvy program to educate our guests to make informed seafood choices. Other conservation efforts are also being conducted: the Fiji Live-rock program, the South Pacific Coral Reef conservation, a recycling program, as well as water conservation.
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Seafood Savvy is brought to you in partnership with Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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