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New and Updated Seafood Watch Recommendations

New and Updated Seafood Watch Recommendations

Seafood Watch recommends which seafood to buy or avoid. Following are our latest recommendations, released April 7, 2014.
Get our recommendations online, in our printed pocket guides, or on your mobile device.



Seafood Watch Updates

Seafood Watch Releases New & Updated Recommendations

Seafood Watch recommends which seafood to buy or avoid. Following are our latest recommendations, released March 3, 2014.


Get our recommendations online, in our printed pocket guides, or on your mobile device.




Seafood Counter Shopper

Check Out Our Video About Making Better Seafood Choices

"Do you serve sustainable seafood?" By asking this simple but important question at your grocery store or restaurant, you can help shape the demand for, and ultimately supply of, fish that's been caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways. Consumers play an important role in shaping ocean health, so start making a difference today!



Seafood Watch Updates

New Eco-Certification Study Results Added to Seafood Watch Recommendations

In 2013, we studied the most recognized eco-certification programs to determine which have standards equivalent to at least a Seafood Watch "Good Alternative" (yellow). We've now added these recommendations to many species pages so that sustainable seafood buyers have more eco-certified products to choose from.



Seafood Watch Consumer Guides

January-July 2014 Consumer Guides Are Now Available!

It’s almost time for spring cleaning, which means it’s time to replace your old consumer guide with our latest version! Our guides for January through July 2014 include important changes to our recommendations for tuna, Louisiana shrimp, California halibut and many more. These consumer guides are the classic, pocket-sized tools to help you search your favorite seafood and make smart choices for our oceans. If you prefer to go paper-free, you can see our complete list of recommendations online or download our free app.




Cooking for Solutions Gala

Cooking for Solutions Tickets On Sale Now!

Join us for our 13th annual Cooking for Solutions celebration May 16-18! Come together with celebrity chefs, food artisans and Earth-friendly wineries to celebrate gourmet food and wine that’s good for the planet and for the soul. Member and general public tickets are on sale now.






New and Updated Seafood Watch Recommendations

New and Updated Seafood Watch Recommendations

Seafood Watch recommends which seafood to buy or avoid. Following are our latest recommendations, released December 2, 2013. Get our recommendations online, in our printed pocket guides, or on your mobile devices.

UPDATED Yellowfin tuna (Grenada, Indonesia andTrinidad and Tobago)
UPDATED California halibut
UPDATED Crawfish (China and U.S. farmed)
UPDATED Scallops (farmed)



U.S. Fisheries Rank High in Latest Seafood Watch Recommendations

U.S. Fisheries Rank High in Latest Seafood Watch Recommendations

Of 242 U.S. fishery species assessed by Seafood Watch, 95 percent of commercial landings have earned a "Best Choice" or "Good Alternative" recommendation. This includes recent updates for red snapper from the Gulf of Mexico, East Coast monkfish and many Atlantic flatfishes. Wild-caught shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic are also a "Good Alternative" except when gear isn't modified to protect sea turtles and other vulnerable species, or required modifications aren't enforced. Wild-caught U.S. shrimp from Louisiana or caught by "skimmer trawl" is on the Seafood Watch "Avoid" list because of critical conservation threats to sea turtles. Read our press release about U.S. fishery species.

UPDATED:
  • Shrimp, U.S. Gulf of Mexico (except Louisiana), U.S. South Atlantic Otter Trawl
  • Shrimp, Louisiana Wild-caught
  • Shrimp, U.S. Gulf of Mexico Skimmer Trawl
  • Shrimp, Mexico Wild-caught

Get our recommendations online, in our printed pocket guides, or on your mobile devices.



Eco-friendly Manufacturer Bambu Builds Partnership with Seafood Watch

Eco-friendly Manufacturer Bambu Builds Partnership with Seafood Watch

Sustainable bamboo home products manufacturer, Bambu, has partnered with Seafood Watch to promote ocean-friendly seafood. The company uses renewable materials and encourages buyers to consider sustainably sourced alternatives when making purchases—making it a great complement to Seafood Watch’s efforts to promote sustainable seafood practices. A percentage of sales from select sustainable bamboo products will benefit the Seafood Watch program.
Learn more on Bambu



Jekel Vineyards Will Donate to Seafood Watch with Your Pledge

Jekel Vineyards Will Donate to Seafood Watch with Your Pledge

Take Jekel Vineyards' "Ocean Lovers Pledge" and help support Seafood Watch! When you pledge to ask the question, "Do you follow the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines?" at grocery stores and restaurants, Jekel Vineyards will donate $1 to the Seafood Watch program. Join us in making sustainable choices and taking action to preserve our oceans.
Take the pledge



Seafood Watch Recommends New Eco-certified Options for Seafood Buyers

Seafood Watch Recommends New Eco-certified Options for Seafood Buyers

We're often asked which eco-certification programs we recommend, so we've assessed 29 standards from 10 different eco-certifying programs to find which are equivalent to at least a Seafood Watch Good Alternative (yellow). We'll be adding these additional choices to our website and app in the coming months. Meanwhile, see which seafood has made the grade.



SHEBA® Entrées Are a Purr-fect Fit for Seafood Watch

SHEBA® Entrées Are a Purr-fect Fit for Seafood Watch

Cat lovers rejoice—you can now make sustainable choices for your pet! SHEBA® Entrées for Cats by Mars Petcare U.S. will follow our Seafood Watch recommendations, using only farmed or wild-caught fish from environmentally responsible sources. Five seafood varieties are available now, and all SHEBA fish recipes will follow the Seafood Watch program by the end of 2013.
Learn more on SHEBA



Seafood Watch and Hess Select Wines Make a Delicious Pairing!

Seafood Watch and Hess Select Wines Make a Delicious Pairing!

Seafood Watch is proud to partner with Hess Select Wines, which uses sustainable practices in its growing and winemaking processes. The next time you’re searching for the perfect varietal to complement your sustainable seafood meal, try Hess Select Wines and join us in making smart choices for our earth and oceans.
Learn more on Hess Select



Seafood Watch Welcomes Expert Input

Seafood Watch Welcomes Expert Input

If you're an expert in the field, government or academia, we want to hear from you! We work hard to assess the sustainability of fisheries and fish farms, and we want your help to ensure our science stays accurate and up-to-date. We invite you to contribute your verifiable data to an existing or in-progress Seafood Watch assessment.
Visit our new expert input site



Seafood Watch Convenes 15-Member Science Advisory Board

Seafood Watch Convenes 15-Member Science Advisory Board

To strengthen the scientific rigor of its program and increase its responsiveness to evolving seafood issues, Seafood Watch has convened an independent panel of fishery and aquaculture experts to provide objective, impartial advice to its research team.
Meet the Board



Blue Ribbon Task Force

Blue Ribbon Task Force

A group of leading chefs and culinarians from across the United States is helping us shape the Seafood Watch program.



Sustainable Seafood Recipes

Sustainable Seafood Recipes

What do you get when you take the best chefs in the country, mix in ocean-friendly seafood and add a dash of imagination? An array of delicious and sustainable recipes that you can create at home! You’ll find something to satisfy everyone, from roasted coho salmon to spaghetti with Manila clams.



New Updated Report: Turning the Tide: The State of Seafood

New Updated Report: Turning the Tide: The State of Seafood

Have you read our benchmark report that highlights how our oceans are affected by the ways we catch and farm seafood? Turning the Tide: The State of Seafood documents the problems and innovative solutions. It also describes how fishermen, consumers, businesses and governments are recognizing and responding to the threats. The report has just been updated with the latest facts and figures for 2012.



A Fresh Approach to Seafood Watch Science

A Fresh Approach to Seafood Watch Science

We're taking a new approach to creating the comprehensive research reports that underpin our seafood recommendations. It won't result in significant changes to our recommendations but allows us to update reports more frequently, present our results more clearly, and offers the potential for evaluating even more seafood species.




Help Us Put Ocean-Friendly Seafood on the Map!

Help Us Put Ocean-Friendly Seafood on the Map!

The Seafood Watch app brings you up-to-date recommendations for ocean-friendly seafood and sushi. And now, the Project FishMap feature lets you share the location of restaurants and stores where you've found sustainable seafood, and see what others have found near you.



Announcing the Seafood Watch App for Android!

Announcing the Seafood Watch App for Android!

When we launched our app for iPhone, Android users told us they wanted an app of their very own, so we set to work. Now you can get our sustainable seafood recommendations on both Android phones and iPhones. Making ocean-friendly choices just got easier.



Whole Foods Market, Aquarium Partner to Launch Sustainable Seafood Ratings Program

Whole Foods Market, Aquarium Partner to Launch Sustainable Seafood Ratings Program

Whole Foods Market, in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Blue Ocean Institute, has launched a sustainability-rating program for wild-caught seafood sold in all of its 298 stores. The company is committed to ending sales of red-rated species by March 2013.



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