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Fish is a very important part of a healthy diet. Fish and other seafood are the major sources of healthful long-chain omega-3 fats and are also rich in other nutrients such as vitamin D and selenium, high in protein, and low in saturated fat. There is strong evidence that eating fish or taking fish oil is good for the heart and blood vessels. An analysis of 20 studies involving hundreds of thousands of participants indicates that eating approximately one to two 3-ounce servings of fatty fish a week—salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, or sardines—reduces the risk of dying from heart disease by 36 percent.
Check out NOAA's Fishwatch website to find out all about the nation’s database on sustainable seafood. FishWatch has information on the status of more than 100 of the most of valuable marine fish and shellfish harvested or farmed in the United States. It includes information about stock assessments, economic impacts, and partnerships with commercial and recreational fishermen to reduce bycatch and protect habitat. You can even find tasty recipes for some of your favorite seafood species.