We strongly support the concept of independent eco-certification programs for seafood. In 2012, we completed a comprehensive study (PDF) of 10 eco-certification programs to determine if any had standards equivalent to our own sustainability standards.

As a result of this study, we can now recommend that seafood buyers look for the eco-certified seafood products shown below, in addition to choosing from our "Best Choices" and "Good Alternatives" lists. We identified these standards as equivalent to at least our yellow "Good Alternative" recommendation.


Eco-Certifications We Recommend

Farmed catfish (pangasius)

Farmed catfish (pangasius)

Eco-Certification Program Labels

ASC Certified

The Global Aquaculture Alliance

Farmed freshwater fish and carp

Farmed freshwater fish and carp

Eco-Certification Program Labels


Farmed geoduck (giant clam)

Farmed geoduck (giant clam)

Eco-Certification Program Labels



Farmed oysters and clams

Farmed oysters and clams

Eco-Certification Program Labels

ASC Certified


Farmed scallops

Farmed scallops

Eco-Certification Program Labels

ASC Certified
 

Farmed shrimp

Farmed shrimp

Eco-Certification Program Labels

ASC Certified

The Global Aquaculture Alliance

Wild-caught seafood (from salmon to shrimp, cod to clams)

Wild-caught seafood

Eco-Certification Program Labels

MSC Certified
Seafood Watch Report