Seafood Facts

What is so healthful about eating seafood? Lean protein, Omega 3, no trans fats, 0 carbohydrates.

No matter what diet you are following, seafood is a healthy choice. Seafood is an excellent source of lean protein. Most seafood (excluding clams, oysters and scallops) have no carbohydrates. Overall, seafood has less total fat and saturated fat than other meat and poultry. There are no transfats and some types of seafood are high in Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 is a highly polyunsaturated fat that is known to thin blood and prevent hardening of the arteries. Eating seafood regularly can lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. In fact, the USDA recommends eating at least 2-3 servings of seafood per week.


Why should I buy my seafood at Fishtowne? Quality, Fresh, LOCAL Seafood.

The first thing you notice when you visit us at Fishtowne is that it smells good! Our staff is meticulous about cleanliness and safe food handling. We are subject to routine, state, and federal inspections. We buy our seafood only from reputable fishermen and companies. Whenever possible, we buy locally. If the type of fish you are looking for, is in season and available locally, we have it. We are active members of Carteret Catch. We have a variety of shellfish, shallow water fish, ocean fish, smoked fish and seafood condiments. Our seafood is the freshest around. Our staff is knowledgeable, helpful and courteous.

Why is LOCAL seafood better? Taste, Freshness, Economics, and Environmentally Friendly

Locally caught seafood is fresher and tastes better than food that has traveled hundreds or thousands of miles to get to your dinner table. You strengthen our locconomy by keeping your dollars circulating in our community. Knowing where your seafood comes from, how it is caught, and when it is caught safeguards your family's health. You are protecting the environment. Locally caught seafood does not have to travel far. Thus reducing carbon monoxide emissions and packing materials.

How do I know your seafood is fresh? Just ask one of our knowledgeable staff members and...

Select finfish with: firm, elastic flesh, fresh ocean scent, scales that cling tightly to the skin, red or pink gills, and clear, bright eyes. Avoid fish with cloudy, sunken eyes, sour or ammonia odor, slimy or mucous on their skin.

Select fish fillets with: ocean breeze, mild odor, firm and moist flesh that appears translucent, no browning around the edges.

Select oysters and clams with: tightly closed shells, or shells that snap shut when tapped, intact moist shells, mild scent

Select shrimp with: translucent shells with grayish-green, pinkish-tan, or pink tint, moist shells, firm flesh and mild odor. Avoid shrimp with blackened edges or black spots on the shell, bright red color, soft flesh, strong odor.

Select live crabs with: moving legs, no disagreeable odor

Select soft shell crabs with: bright blue-green color, moist shells

Select cooked blue crabmeat with: no disagreeable odor, creamy white meat (lump and backfin). Avoid crabmeat with a strong odor and slimy appearance.


How much seafood do I need to buy? Average seafood serving size is 3 ounces, prepared.


Type of Seafood
Amount of Raw Seafood per adult serving

Whole Fish

3/4 lb

Dressed or pan-dressed fillets

1/2 lb

Fish Fillets

1/3 lb

Fish Steaks with Bone

1/2 lb

Fish Steaks without Bone

1/3 lb

Live clams or oysters

8 - 10

Shucked oysters or clams

1/2 pint

Live Crabs

1 1/2 lbs

Cooked Crabmeat

1/3 lb


1/3 lb

Shrimp, headless and unpeeled

1/2 lb

Shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/3 lb