At Seafood Watch we assess fish populations, together with fishing and fish-farming methods. We do not assess or certify individual suppliers. When looking for ocean-friendly seafood the following organizations may be helpful to you. Remember to also ask questions, such as, "Where is this fish from?", "Was it farmed or wild-caught?" and "How was it caught?" to help you make good choices.
EcoFish is a distributor who is dedicated to selling only sustainable seafood. Their mission includes making a positive impact on reversing the decline of marine biodiversity by providing the consumer with sustainable seafood choices.
FishChoice is a free resource connecting buyers and sellers of sustainable seafood. Commercial seafood buyers can browse products with favorable Seafood Watch sustainability ratings and contact those suppliers who provide sustainable seafood. FishChoice.com
includes a regular newsletter, featured supplier spotlights, and a product request form.
FishWise is a comprehensive seafood labeling system for grocery stores and direct marketers that makes it easy for consumers to choose seafood that is healthy for them and healthy for the environment.
i love blue sea
i love blue sea is an online retailer allowing consumers and chefs alike to buy sustainable seafood online
for overnight delivery nationwide in eco-friendly packaging. With over 100 types of sushi-quality seafood, the i love blue sea team sets the industry's highest standards of sustainability and supplier accountability, carefully sourcing each product to help preserve the oceans for future generations.
Seafood Watch Restaurant Program
These restaurants have pledged to remove all red “Avoid” list seafood items from their menus and to train their staff to help educate their customers about ocean-friendly seafood.
The Seafood Watch recommendations use ecosystem-based criteria to help consumers and businesses make ocean-friendly seafood choices. However, they don't take into consideration health or seafood safety. These topics are important to understand and therefore the following resources can provide more information.
General Health and Omega-3s
Harvard School of Public Health
Harvard School of Public Health advances the public's health through learning, discovery and communication. This site includes extensive information and recommendations on heart-healthy omega-3s.
KidSafe Seafood provides information to help parents serve more nutritious seafood to their children and avoid mercury and other pollutants.
Seafood Health Facts: Making Smart Choices
Seafood Health Facts provides consumers with information regarding the benefits and risks of consuming seafood. This site includes resources to guide consumers through safely choosing, storing and preparing seafood.
University of Michigan
The University of Michigan Integrative Medicine provides a guide to understanding the role of seafood in our diet, including omega-3 fatty acids.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This EPA website provides information regarding local seafood safety issues, as well as national consumption advisories on safe eating guidelines for seafood.
Provides information about the international caviar trade.
A national network of more than 1,000 members of the food community who promote sustainable cuisine.
FishChoice is a free resource connecting buyers and sellers of sustainable seafood. Commercial seafood buyers can browse products with favorable Seafood Watch sustainability ratings and contact those suppliers who provide sustainable seafood. FishChoice.com includes a regular newsletter, featured supplier spotlights, and a product request form.
San Francisco Seafood Watch Alliance
Aquarium of the Bay, the California Academy of Sciences and the San Francisco Zoo formed the Alliance in 2009 to raise local consumer, restaurateur and seafood industry awareness of the importance of acquiring seafood from sustainable sources. Working together, the organizations provide regional support for the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program.
Seafood Choices Alliance
Bringing ocean conservation to the table: Seafood Choices Alliance provides seafood purveyors, such as chefs and retailers, with the information they need to meet both an economic and environmental bottom line.
Sustainable Fishery Advocates
The FishWise program partners with markets, restaurants and distributors by providing education and a flexible labeling system so that consumers can choose environmentally friendly seafoods.
Aquaculture In The Classroom
Provided by the University of Arizona, this website provides an overview of aquaculture operations, an understanding of water quality and links to other resources.
A searchable database of fish from around the world. Can be searched by common name.
Fish & Kids
The Marine Stewardship Council created Fish & Kids to provide educational materials and activities for young children, teachers, parents and caterers relating to the importance of choosing sustainable seafood.
Producers of "Empty Oceans, Empty Nets." The website has news on upcoming projects and ways to obtain the video.
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
National Geographic Blue Frontier provides a variety of curricula and hands on activities for students. Curriculum and activities from the Sanctuary and other marine resources agencies.
NOAA Fisheries: Shark Facts
NOAA Fisheries is conducting research on shark species and conservation. This site links to their Fact Sheets about shark management, shark science and shark species.
Only One Ocean
The Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley Curriculum for 5-8 graders entitled Only One Ocean is designed to help students understand the tremendous environmental importance of the ocean.
Seacoast Science Center
The Seacoast Science Center has a free web-based curriculum called Flouderin Island that focuses on aquaculture, fishing and the fishing tradition in the Gulf of Maine.
Sea Grant is a program-driven change agent for scientific discovery, technology transfer, economic growth, and public education as they involve coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes sustainability and natural resources.
The materials, created by Mote Marine Laboratory, is designed for high school students (Grades 9-12) to provide a basic understanding of fish biology, oceanic food webs, and fisheries.
SeaWeb provides a variety of unique resources of interest to educators. The Ocean Briefings offer concise overviews of important marine issues and summaries of peer-reviewed articles from over 500 scientific journals. Author Peter Benchley and Dr. Sylvia Earle tour the oceans with stories from the nationally-syndicated radio series the Ocean Report.
Stanford Aquaculture Curriculum
Curriculum about fish farming, covering what is fish farming, how it impacts the environment and whether it is sustainable – designed for grades 9-12.
The National Geographic Society, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), explores the U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries. The site chronicles 18 missions with background essays and chronological logs.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
The institution contributes online oceanography knowledge and resources to local, state, and national efforts for K-12 science and mathematics education.
At Seafood Watch, we use all available scientifically reliable data sources to compile our Seafood Watch science reports. The following organizations provide information regarding fisheries management in the U.S. and internationally.
United Nations: Oceans and Law of the Sea
The UN website provides information about international treaties, resolutions and agreements regarding fisheries management by countries which are members of the United Nations.
Tuna RFMOs are intergovernmental organizations that carry out data collection, scientific monitoring and management of tuna and tuna-like resources.