Buying & Preparing Seafood

Photo of a prepared dish of bluefish.
Seafood is high in vitamins and minerals; it’s low in saturated fat and calories. Eating at least two seafood meals a week has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. Fish is the healthy fast food!

How Much to Buy

Servings Per Person

  • Whole Fish — 1/2-1 lb
  • Fillets — 5-7 ozs
  • Steaks — 6-8 ozs
  • Oysters, Clams — 1/2 dozen
  • Scallops — 6-8 ozs

Quality Inspected and Fresh Every Day

Virginia’s quality control and regulatory standards for water quality and processing plants are recognized among the most stringent in the nation. Virginia’s water and product are policed by a number of regulatory agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Department of Health, Division of Shellfish Sanitation, and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. Additionally, Virginia Tech scientists and engineers work with processors to monitor and improve control procedures in shellfish and finfish plants throughout the state.

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