The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses make choices for healthy oceans. The recommendations given indicate which seafood items are "Best Choices," "Good Alternatives," and which ones you should "Avoid."
Seafood Watch raises consumer awareness through its pocket guides, website, mobile applications and outreach efforts. They encourage restaurants, distributors and seafood purveyors to purchase from sustainable sources.
Seafood Watch recommendations are science-based, peer reviewed, and use ecosystem-based criteria. Since 1999, they have distributed over 40 million pocket guides; the smartphone app has been downloaded nearly a million times and they have close to 200 partners across North America, including the two largest food service companies in the U.S.
Seafood Watch helps sustain wild, diverse and healthy ocean ecosystems that will exist long into the future. They do this by encouraging consumers and businesses to purchase seafood that is fished or farmed in ways that don't harm the environment. When there is scientific uncertainty, Seafood Watch errs on the side of conservation.
Nearly 85% of the world's fisheries are fished to capacity, or overfished. Our seafood choices have the power to make this situation worse, or improve it. Seafood Watch recommendations don't hinge on any single issue. Instead, they consider the fishery, habitat, species, management, and a host of other factors that affect each species. In this way, Seafood Watch offers a complete vision of sustainability.
The Seafood Watch scientists research government reports, journal articles and white papers. They also contact fishery and fish farm experts. After a thorough review, Seafood Watch applies its sustainability criteria to develop an in-depth Seafood Watch Report. All of its reports are reviewed by a panel of experts from academia, government and the seafood industry and are available on its website.
The Seafood Watch website offers a complete list of Seafood Watch recommendations, with background information. Seafood Watch also print handy, condensed pocket guides that consumers can use when shopping or dining out. Pocket guides are available for six regions of the U.S.: West Coast, Southwest, Central U.S., Southeast, Northeast and Hawaii. Each contains a short list of recommendations for the most popular items in that region. Seafood Watch also have national and sushi versions of the pocket guides. Guides are updated every six months. To download the Seafood Watch App, go to your App store, or go to http://www.seafoodwatch.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx to learn more.