Seafood Watch assesses the sustainability of fisheries and fish farms by compiling relevant science-based information and evaluating that information against our standards. We periodically revise our standards to ensure we take into account developments in the scientific understanding of the impacts of fisheries and aquaculture operations, as well as in our understanding of what producers and managers can do to mitigate those impacts.

How it Works

We greatly value your input into how we can better meet our objectives in assessing wild-capture fisheries and aquaculture operations. The next revision cycle will begin in 2019. To be involved, please refer to the 2017 Standard Revision section below. The following documents provide more information on the Standards Revision Process and ways to participate. 


Public Comments

All public comments received during Public Consultations can be found at the bottom of this page.

2017-2018 Standards Revision

No revisions are planned until the next cycle in 2019. If you have comments you’d like considered in the next cycle, please submit them to SFWStandardReview@mbayaq.org

  • 2017 Public Summary (PDF): Includes information about Seafood Watch, an overview of the standards (including scope, justification of need and objectives), how interested parties can contribute, the timeline for revision, the decision-making procedures and contact details.
  • 2017 Work Program (PDF): Identifies which standards will be revised and contact details.

 

2016 Standards Revision

If you have comments on the process, the Standard for Fisheries v1, the Standard for Fisheries v2, the Standard for Aquaculture v1 and/or the Standard for Aquaculture v2 that are outside the scope of the 2016 Standards Revision, please submit comments to SFWStandardReview@mbayaq.org for consideration during the next major revision cycle (2019/2020). The following documents provide more information on the timeline and objectives for the 2016 Standards Revision. Please read the 2016 Public Summary and the Terms of Reference before submitting your comments.

  • 2016 Public Summary (PDF): Includes information about Seafood Watch, an overview of the standards (including scope, justification of need and objectives), how interested parties can contribute, the timeline for revision, the decision-making procedures and contact details.
  • 2016 Work Program (PDF): Identifies which standards will be revised and contact details.

2016 Proposed Changes Feedback

The third Public Consultation period was held in July 2016 and the fourth was held in August/September 2016. Comments on the proposed changes and information requests received during these consultations were considered by the Multi-Stakeholder Group in October 2016. All comments to other areas of the Standards will be considered in the next Seafood Watch Standards Revision in 2019.

Public Consultation 3
There were two public consultation periods during the 2014-2015 revision cycle that allowed for input on the 2016 Standard for Salmonid Fisheries; comments received will be posted below soon. Comments received during this third Public Consultation (summer of 2016) were appended to the 2014-2015 comments taken into consideration by the Technical Advisory Committee and Multi-Stakeholder Group in October 2016.

Public Consultation 4
Public consultation on non-major changes to the 2016 Seafood Watch Standard for Fisheries and the 2016 Seafood Watch Standard for Aquaculture was from August 18, 2016 through September 18, 2016. Our intent with these changes was to improve clarity and ease of use of each Standard, but there were two areas which could potentially be more substantive. These were 1) when to use the Unknown Bycatch Matrices in the Standard for Fisheries and 2) the appropriate assumed percentage of harvested farmed fish byproduct used for further protein production in the Standard for Aquaculture.


2015 Standards Revision

The 2015 Standard Revision took place October 2014 through Winter 2015. We proposed changes to our previous Standard for Fisheries and Standard for Aquaculture, a new standard for Salmonid Fisheries as well as an additional criterion for fisheries and aquaculture operations to assess greenhouse gas emissions. The following documents provide more information on the timeline and objectives for the 2015 Standard Revision.

  • 2015 Public Summary (PDF): Includes information about Seafood Watch, an overview of the standards (including scope, justification of need and objectives), how interested parties can contribute, the timeline for revision, the decision-making procedures and contact details.
  • 2015 Work Program (PDF): Identifies which standards will be revised and contact details.

2015 Proposed Changes Feedback

There were two Public Consultation periods during this revision cycle. 

Public Consultation 1
The first Public Consultation occurred October 27 to January 16, 2015 to be considered in the first Technical Advisory Committee meeting. Anyone who had major comments was encouraged to submit their comments during this comment period.

Public Consultation 2
The second Public Consultation occurred July 2 to August 2, 2015. This consultation was for feedback on the draft standards after public comment and Technical Advisory Committee advice was incorporated. Comments received after this public consultation were recorded for consideration during the next revision cycle (2019/2020).

Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) Draft Standard Documents
The documents below were considered by the MSG September 29-30, 2015.

2015 Approval Summaries
The Multi-Stakeholder Group approved the standards for fisheries and aquaculture (v3.1) on September 30, 2015. The documents below provide an overview, key outcomes and FAQs from that meeting.


Comments Received

Public Consultation 1 (October 2014 -January 2015)

Company / Organization Date Received Comments
Environmental Defense Fund Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:35 PM Download
Marine Harvest Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:25 PM Download
SeaChoice Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:24 PM Download
Jim Harper Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:24 PM Download
Elliott Campbell Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:24 PM Download
World Animal Protection Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:23 PM Download
Pamela Mace Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:23 PM Download
Oceana Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:23 PM Download
Alison Cross Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:22 PM Download
Rob Wenman Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:22 PM Download
Trevor Ward Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:21 PM Download
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (Fisheries) Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:21 PM Download
Strategic Earth Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:21 PM Download
Oceanwise Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:20 PM Download
Skretting Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:20 PM Download
Marine Harvest Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:19 PM Download
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (Aquaculture) Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:19 PM Download
Global Aquaculture Alliance Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:18 PM Download
Cooke Aquaculture Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:17 PM Download
SeaChoice Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:15 PM Download

Public Consultation 2 (July - August 2015)

Company / Organization Date Received Comments
MARINA Lab, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington (Aquaculture) Monday, September 28, 2015 8:11 PM Download
MARINA Lab, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington (Fisheries) Monday, September 28, 2015 8:11 PM Download
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Monday, September 28, 2015 7:59 PM Download
Marine Harvest Canada Monday, September 28, 2015 7:59 PM Download
Living Oceans Society Monday, September 28, 2015 7:59 PM Download
Kathryn Kostow, Coffee Creek Bioscience Monday, September 28, 2015 7:59 PM Download
University of California, Merced Monday, September 28, 2015 7:58 PM Download
WWF Monday, September 28, 2015 7:58 PM Download
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Monday, September 28, 2015 7:58 PM Download
Dr Pamela Mace, Fisheries Scientist Monday, September 28, 2015 7:58 PM Download
International Seafood Sustainability Foundation Monday, September 28, 2015 7:58 PM Download

Public Consultation 4 (August - September 2016)

Company / Organization Date Received Comments
Turtle Island Restoration Network Friday, October 21, 2016 8:45 PM Download
Marine Harvest Canada Thursday, October 20, 2016 5:37 PM Download