Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Salmon

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Salmon Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Chinook, Coho, Chum, Keta, King, Pink, Red, Silver & Sockeye Salmon, Sake Alaska Drift Gillnet, Purse Seine, Troll
Salmon 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. Chinook, Coho, Chum, Keta, King, Pink, Red, Silver & Sockeye Salmon, Sake California, Oregon, Washington Drift Gillnet, Purse Seine, Troll
Salmon 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. Pink & Sockeye Salmon Fraser River, Washington Reefnet
Salmon Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Sockeye Salmon Fraser River (early Summer-run), Washington Reefnet
Salmon 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. Chum, Pink, Chinook, Coho & Sockeye Salmon, Sake Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild
Salmon Roe Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Ikura Alaska Drift Gillnet, Purse Seine, Troll
Salmon, Atlantic Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Farmed Salmon, Sake Worldwide Farmed
Salmon, Atlantic: Verlasso (R) 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. Verlasso (R) Chile Farmed
Salmon, Coho 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. Sake, Silver Salmon Canadian Pacific Wild
Salmon, Coho Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Sake, Silver Salmon U.S. Farmed in Tank Systems


Salmon, Reefnet, Fraser River

Seafood Watch recommends reefnet-caught sockeye salmon from the early summer run as a "Best Choice," as the risk of catching endangered salmon is at its lowest. All other options are a "Good Alternative."

Summary

This recommendation is for a small reefnet fishery around Lummi and San Juan Islands, Washington State. A reefnet is a native tribal method, that's been adapted for commercial fishing. The fishing gear is carried between two boats and acts as artificial reefs that direct salmon into the net.

This type of fishing is typically very low in bycatch. However, at certain times of year, up to five species of salmon are present in the waters around Lummi and the San Juan Islands. Some of these salmon are from runs listed as endangered. Salmon from these endangered populations may be migrating with salmon from healthy populations. The unique method of capture in this fishery also allows for the safe return of species, such as Chinook, that are known to be endangered.

Reefnet-caught sockeye from the Fraser River early-summer run is a "Best Choice," and a "Good Alternative" when caught later in the season. Reefnet-caught pink salmon from the Fraser River is a "Good Alternative."


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