About California Seafood Profiles

Despite California’s strong geographic and cultural ties to the adjacent, species-rich ocean, a majority of seafood sold originates from outside its waters. Even most locally farmed species are introduced from outside of the eastern Pacific. The high demand of relatively few species results in specialization of take or production, which may not be sustainable for the fishery, the farm or the associated markets and ecosystems.

Strengthening our connections to local seafood producers and to sources of seafood that are local and diverse would improve human health and wellness, environmental stewardship, awareness of the economic and cultural importance of coastal livelihoods, and ecosystem functioning and stability.

These pages are intended to help raise awareness of California’s fisheries and farms by providing information about the science, fishery management, nutrition, and culinary uses of species landed or farmed in California to help consumers make informed seafood choices.  

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Find out more about the benefits of buying local seafood.

These profiles are a work in progress; we hope to create a profile page for every one of the species fished or farmed in coastal California. If you see errors or have suggestions for additions or improvement, please let us know by email: tstalley@ucsd.edu

Related information

Discover California Commercial Fisheries

This website provides information about key features of California's commercial fisheries statewide and by region including commercial fishing communities, types of commercial fishing, seasonality, fishery activity, the ocean environment, and management. 

FISHWATCH: U.S. Seafood Facts

Up-to-date information on popular seafood harvested or farmed across the U.S. to help make educated seafood choices. (NOAA)