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Sardines 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. European Pilchard, Iwashi, Pilchard, Sardine Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild
Sardines, 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. European Pilchard, Iwashi, Pilchard, Sardine Mediterranean Wild
Sardines, Pacific Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Iwashi, Pilchard, Sardine U.S., Canada Purse Seine

Sardines, Wild, Marine Stewardship Council Certified


Seafood Watch conducted an eco-certification benchmarking study to identify which standards are consistent with our sustainability criteria. We identified the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard as equivalent to at least our yellow "Good Alternative" recommendation. MSC Certified

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