The Safina Center

Healthy coral reefs support a variety of fish species.Healthy coral reefs support a variety of fish species.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

For Nutritionists & Medical Professionals

As nutrition and medical professionals, your guidance can contribute not only to your clients’ and patients’ personal health, but also to the health of the ocean.

By selecting healthy seafood choices that come from abundant, well-managed populations of wild fish or farms that promote robust habitat, your clients’ can support vibrant ocean ecosystems.  Given your position to encourage healthy choices, you can play a vital role in preserving ocean populations for generations to come so your clients and their children and grandchildren will continue to have access to this delicious and nutritious protein.

The Safina Center is a valuable source of information for nutrition professionals that want to balance personal and environmental health. We provide access to authoritative seafood science and easy to understand analysis.

We have assessments on the sustainability of seafood choices conducted by marine scientists; tutorials and answers to major seafood questions on fish populations, labeling, fishing and fish farming; and news analysis of the latest seafood issues that you and your clients are reading about in the news.

The Safina Center is an authoritative source on seafood science.  For each seafood assessment, tutorial or news analysis, we examine scientific and governmental publications to obtain the most accurate information to help you understand the state of seafood.

Check out our assessments for wild-caught seafood in Seafood Choices.

Mercury in Seafood – comprehensive overview

Ocean-friendly substitutes: see this list for ocean-friendly alternatives to common seafoods you may be recommending.

Aquaculture – a discussion of the pros and cons of farmed seafood.

Safina Center blog: Sustainable Seafood and other ocean issues in the news.

The Safina Center partners with researchers at Stony Brook University’s Gelfond Fund for Mercury Research and Outreach to increase awareness on mercury in seafood. Their site offers case studies on the effects of mercury exposure, and other information for health professionals.

To learn more about other health aspects of seafood–omega-3 fatty acids, mercury and other contaminants–check our Health References below.

 Health References

 OMEGA-3s

Harvard School of Public Health:

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (can look up specific seafoods for omega-3 and other nutrient content):

MERCURY & OTHER CONTAMINANTS IN SEAFOOD

Stony Brook University’s Gelfond Fund for Mercury Research and Outreach

EPA sponsored FishFacts videos on how mercury gets in seafood, what poisoning looks like, how to test and how to communicate risk to patients http://www.fish-facts.org/

FishFacts Workbook

Environmental Defense Fund Seafood Selector Guide includes information on sustainability, mercury levels, and omega-3 levels for seafood species.

Mercury Calculator using EPA & FDA mercury info (a project of the Turtle Island Restoration Network)