Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Octopus

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Octopus Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. California Two-Spot, Hub & Red Octopus, Pulpo Gulf of California Wild
Octopus Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Octopus, Tako Philippines Wild
Octopus, Common/Sushi Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Common Octopus, Tako Spain Wild
Octopus, Common/Sushi Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Common Octopus, Tako Mauritania, Morocco and Vietnam Wild
Octopus, Day Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. He'e, He'e Mauli, Tako Hawaii Wild
Octopus, Night Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. He'e, He'e Puloa, Ornate Octopus,Tako Hawaii Wild


Octopus, Wild, Gulf of California

Overfishing is not a big issue, and the most common fishing methods lead to minimal bycatch.

Consumer Note

Several octopus species are caught in the Gulf of California, including the California two-spot, hub and red octopuses; but the one most widely marketed is the two-spotted octopus (Octopus bimaculatus).

Summary

Like other cephalopods, octopuses are not considered vulnerable to overfishing since they grow fast and reproduce at a young age.

Fishing methods—traps, diving, hand capture—lead to little bycatch, and while traps can do moderate damage to the habitat, the other methods are relatively harmless.

Although overfishing does not seem likely, some concern remains because the octopus population in the Gulf of California is unknown, and management of the fishery is minimal.


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