New York’s Seafood Council recognizes that some consumers may be confused about the benefits and risks of eating seafood. We believe that everyone can benefit by eating seafood twice a week, but there may be some issues that certain groups of people need to consider.
We have compiled information from a variety of sources to help you choose the seafood that is right for you. Click on the images on the poster above to find current information on both benefits and risks for specific groups or health issues. Then explore the rest of our Website for seafood nutrition information, fish facts, recipes and healthy preparation methods.
Two major studies recently assessed scientific information related to seafood consumption.
One study by scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on October 16, 2006 concluded that:
For major health outcomes among adults, based both on the strength of the evidence and the potential magnitudes
of effect, the benefits of fish intake exceed the potential risks. For women of childbearing age, benefits of modest fish intake, excepting a few selected species, also outweigh risks.
Another study released by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science in October 2006 concluded that:
For most people, following accepted dietary guidelines when making seafood choices will balance benefits and risks, but specific groups of people who may be at greater risk need to consider both nutrients (benefits) and contaminants (risks) simultaneously to make informed choices.
We hope that you will use our resources to choose and enjoy seafood that is right for you.
The New York Seafood Council is an industry organization created
in 1991 whose membership includes individuals, businesses, and
organizations involved in the harvesting, processing, distribution,
or sale of seafood products or services in New York. This Website
is designed to provide consumers with information on seafood products,
their availability, current consumer issues, nutrition, health benefits,
and seafood preparation. The New York Seafood Council has compiled
this information in collaboration with New York Sea Grant's Seafood