Why use Sustainable Seafood?
Nearly 85% of the world’s fisheries are fished to capacity, or overfished.
What is Sustainable Seafood?
Sustainable seafood is fished or farmed in a way that helps sustain wild, diverse and healthy ocean ecosystems that will exist long into the future.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® program makes seafood recommendations indicating which seafood items are “Best Choices,” “Good Alternatives,” and which ones you should “Avoid.”
- Best Choices: Seafood in this category is abundant, well-managed and caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways.
- Good Alternatives: These items are an option, but there are concerns with how they’re caught or farmed – or with the health of their habitat due to other human impacts.
- Avoid: Take a pass on these items for now. They are caught or farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment.
What you can do
- Purchase ocean-friendly seafood by following the Seafood Watch guidelines. By removing “Avoid” items from your menu, you can make an impact immediately! Get recommendations easily via the Seafood Watch search engine, Buyer’s Guide or free smartphone app – all available on the Seafood Watch recommendation page.
- Search for seafood products at Fishchoice.com, a free resource connecting buyers and sellers of sustainable seafood.
- Look for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) blue eco-label in stores, restaurants and on wholesaler lists. Find a list of certified suppliers here.