More of What's New

We Have High Standards

Our Seafood Watch standards are the core of our program. We periodically review them to ensure we're using the best available science, and have just completed a revision of fisheries, aquaculture and salmon standards — with the help from seafood experts around the globe.

New and Updated Recommendations — March 2020

This month we bring you new recommendations for eel, scallops, squid and sturgeon and updated recommendations for bass, clams and squid. We’ve also released new and updated recommendations for species farmed in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS).

The Importance of Small Businesses to Sustainable Seafood

Small businesses are vital to advancing the sustainable seafood movement. But the seafood supply chain is incredibly complex, and accurate sourcing information can be hard to come by — making it difficult for some small businesses to answer customers’ questions. We’ve made changes to our program to acknowledge this reality, while still supporting restaurants and retailers that want to make responsible seafood sourcing decisions.

New and Updated Recommendations — February 2020

This month we bring you new and updated recommendations for mackerel.

New and Updated Recommendations — January 2020

This month we bring you new and updated recommendations for amberjack, bass, swordfish and tuna and updated recommendations for salmon.

New Consumer Guides Now Available

Our classic, pocket-sized guides have been updated with our latest recommendations for January through June 2020 and are now available! Pick up a new consumer guide when visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium, at any one of our Seafood Watch conservation partners, or download a new guide online so you can keep recommendations handy — and make better choices for a healthy ocean.

Earning the Trust of Experts

Seafood experts from around the world trust and rely on the Seafood Watch program. Watch our latest video to find out why we are their go-to source for sustainable seafood guidance.

Tiny Crustacean, Big Transformation

We are working to make the global shrimp supply chain more environmentally sustainable, from family farms in Southeast Asia to customers’ plates in the United States. In this four-part blog series, we examine the growing American appetite for shrimp — and how it’s created a booming industry across the Pacific.

New and Updated Recommendations — December 2019

This month we bring you updated recommendations for lobster.

New and Updated Recommendations — November 2019

This month we bring you new and updated recommendations for octopus and updated recommendations for crab, flounder, hake, halibut and plaice.

Celebrating National Seafood Month

This October, we hosted our 3rd annual National Seafood Month Photo Challenge — and got over 400 delicious entries! On our blog, we're sharing the top plates from this year's contest.

New and Updated Recommendations — October 2019

This month we bring you new recommendations for carp, flounder and lobster and updated recommendations for crab, goosefish, lobster and toothfish.

New and Updated Recommendations — August 2019

This month we bring you new recommendations for brill and updated recommendations for clams.

Try Our Food Truck!

This summer, we will be offering Best Choice fish tacos, wraps and banh mi sandwiches at our new food truck throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. These ocean-friendly bites support better fishing and farming practices today — and save our ocean for tomorrow. Are you hungry yet?

New and Updated Recommendations — July 2019

This month we bring you new and updated recommendations for salmon and new recommendations for smelt.

Speaking Up for Sustainable Fisheries

Our vice president of global ocean initiatives, Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, recently testified to Congress on the state of fisheries. She provided insight into seafood markets and made policy recommendations to advance the sustainability of U.S. and global fisheries.

Driving Change in Chile

Chilean farmed salmon is about to change in a big way. Learn how our team is working with the world’s second-largest producer of farmed salmon to reduce antibiotic use and make this fish a more sustainable seafood choice.

Review Our Seafood Watch Standards

Our standards aren't static. We review our standards regularly and invite public comment on new scientific developments we should be incorporating. Share your understanding and suggestions to improve our standards for fisheries and aquaculture operations. The first public comment period this year is now open through May 3.

Introducing a New Tool to Address Carbon Emissions in Seafood Production

We've partnered with Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to develop our new Seafood Carbon Emissions Tool. This website helps seafood businesses better understand the carbon footprint of the seafood they purchase, and compare the emissions of farmed or wild-caught seafood to other land-based protein sources. Many large seafood businesses have made public commitments to reduce their carbon footprints — the information provided by this new tool helps them meet those commitments.