Sustainable Seafood

Fish for the Future

We are primarily an ocean planet, and the ocean plays a vital role in many processes that are crucial to our health and wellbeing. The ocean regulates our climate, is the primary source of oxygen that we breathe, is a critical source of protein for hundreds of millions of people, and it provides us with recreational and other economic opportunities.

However, our ocean is in serious trouble. The global catch of wild fish leveled out around the turn of the century, and a majority of the world’s fisheries are either declining or being harvested at capacity. Demand for fish is still increasing, however, and is now over seven times higher than in 1950.
There are a variety of destructive fishing practices such as bottom trawling and long lining that are devastating the marine environment. Our ocean is being fished at alarming rates and scientists estimate that most of the world’s major fishery species have been reduced in numbers by about 80 percent. We as consumers can make a difference by choosing seafood that has been sustainably harvested. Our seafood choices offer a daily opportunity to contribute to the health of our ocean.

Best to Avoid

  • Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
  • Skates and Rays
  • Antarctic & Patagonian Toothfish (Sea Bass)
  • Orange Roughy
  • Sharks
  • Eat Low on the Food Chain

  • Sardines and anchovies
  • Wild caught west coast salmon
  • Farmed US Tilapia
  • Trout
  • Mussels, Clams and Oysters
  • Always Ask

  • Use all available resources to make smart choices about seafood.
  • Ask where your seafood comes from before you make a choice.
  • Avoid unsustainable seafood at markets and restaurants.
  • Teach others about the importance of being a conscious consumer.
  • Show your support for local businesses that incorporate sustainable seafood practices.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Food Watch - information for consumers and businesses
  • Fish Choice - connects buyers and sellers of sustainable seafood
  • GreenPeace Seafood - store ratings for sustainable seafood
  • Fish Watch - NOAA’s seafood watch
  • SeaChoice - Making smart seafood decisions for today and tomorrow
  • Marine Stewardship Council - Certifies sustainable seafood
  • Blue Ocean Institute Sea Food Choices - searchable guide for seafood