Health Benefits of Local Seafood

Photo credit: jason houston

Photo credit: jason houston

Local, wild-caught seafood is is an excellent source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.

Omega-3 fatty acids:

  • Most Americans consume a diet that is far too high in Omega-6 fatty acids. A healthy diet should contain a balanced omega-6:omega-3 ratio. Human beings evolved eating a diet with a omega-6:omega-3 ratio of about 1:1, but modern Western diets exhibit omega-6:omega-3 ratios ranging between 15:1 to 17:1.

  • Higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can improve skin and nail health, ease depression and inflammation, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • DHA is a building block of the brain involved with numerous cellular pathways. Eating foods rich in DHA omega-3 fatty acid can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.

  • EPA assists in the prevention of common chronic disease.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in locally caught species like cabezon, barracuda, anchovies, sardines, sablefish, and tuna.

Fat-soluble Vitamins A and D:

  • Some seafood contains critical fat-soluble vitamins A and D

  • Vitamin A contributes to vision development and nerve growth in retina

  • Vitamin D is known to boost immune system and promote bone health and sleep quality

  • Most people are deficient in Vitamin D

Locally caught/harvested sea urchins, sea cucumber, and oysters and are a good source of Vitamin A. Mackerel, sand dab, swordfish, and oysters are a good source of Vitamin D.

Water-soluble B Vitamins:

  • Most fish have B vitamins with levels similar to that of other protein sources

  • All of the B vitamins work as a team to promote healthy nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, muscle tone and cardiovascular function

  • B vitamins protect us from mental disorders, depression, and anxiety

  • Deficiency of the B vitamin complex can result in the enlargement and malfunction of almost every organ and gland in the body.

Locally caught crab, lobster, lingcod, monchong, rockfish, opah, bonito, and wahoo, and halibut are good sources of B vitamins.


  • Some fish contain selenium, an antioxidant known for cancer prevention

  • Other minerals found in seafood include: phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, and iodine

Oysters are nature’s best source of zinc, and seaweed is one of the few dietary sources of iodine; Kellet’s Whelk, top snail, mussels, and clams are good sources of trace minerals.


  • Protein in seafood is easier to digest due to less connective tissue than found in meat and poultry. This makes seafood ideal for populations who have difficulty digesting protein.