The market for seafood is international, and so is our work to engage the industry in key seafood-producing regions of the world. We’re bringing together fishermen and fish farmers, processors, buyers, NGOs, governments, financial institutions, technology companies and others to develop a path toward large-scale sustainability improvements.
Advancing Global Seafood SustainabilityIn 1999, Seafood Watch began as a market-based program focused on increasing consumer awareness of sustainable seafood in order to influence what seafood businesses buy and ultimately how it is produced.
The success of this strategy has increased consumer demand for sustainable seafood and is driving many seafood producers to improve how they fish or farm so they can sell to the U.S. market — but many can't do it alone. Some need technical help to raise their fish without the use of antibiotics, others need stronger policies for managing their industry and many need assurance that there is a buyer for their more sustainable products. This is where Seafood Watch can help.
Improving Shrimp Farming Practices in South and Southeast AsiaShrimp in South and Southeast Asia typically comes from small, family-run farms. However, many of the sustainability tools available were designed for larger operations with more money and resources. We’ve been working with small-scale farmers, NGOs, corporations and governments to address that gap and find solutions that meet the needs of small-scale farmers.
Driving Better Management of Crab FisheriesBlue swimming crab is the Philippines fourth most important fishery export. All of blue swimming crab from the Philippines is rated Avoid by Seafood Watch due to concerns over the environmental impacts of the fishery. The crab populations are overfished, sharks and rays are caught as bycatch and management is lacking. Our standards for environmental sustainability are helping to guide improvement projects in the region.
Transforming Farmed Salmon ProductionChile is the second largest salmon-producing country and a leading supplier to the U.S. market, but struggles with disease and antibiotic use in its salmon farms. We’re now working with the Chilean salmon industry — helping them improve their aquaculture methods to cut antibiotic use in half by 2025, putting them on a path toward achieving Seafood Watch’s Good Alternative rating.