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Commercial fishing is one of America’s first industries, dating back 400-plus years. Explorers came to North America seeking new lands and lucrative fishing grounds.  They settled in communities along the coast - from the Atlantic to the waterways of the Gulf of Mexico - to utilize the bounty of the sea. 

Seafood has always been an important part of a well-balanced diet. It is a rich source of high-quality protein, is low in saturated fat and is rich in vitamins and minerals that benefit the heart, brain and body.  Federal health organizations state that seafood is the main source of omega-3 fatty acids found in the American diet.  Health experts recommend eating a variety of seafood at least twice a week, especially for women during pregnancy.

Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic seafood is a highly regulated, sustainable resource.  The wild-caught seafood producers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia harvest commercial species sustainably – ensuring those species are available for future generations. When you purchase seafood managed under a U.S. fishery management plan, you can be assured you are contributing to the long-term health of the fishery.

Seafood is an important part of life for the residents and visitors of the Gulf & South Atlantic States -- from the wonderful, salty taste of wild-caught shrimp to the delicious fish, crabs and oysters consumers enjoy when visiting one of our fine states.  When you choose seafood from the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic, you are supporting the cultural heritage, traditions, lifestyles and environment that have helped feed our nation for centuries. The seafood industry represented by the Gulf & South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation has an economic impact to the United States of $4.5 billion.  Providing more than 83,670 jobs, the seafood industry in the Gulf and South Atlantic states represents a valuable resource for the country. 

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