Seafood Resources

Sustainable Seafood Recommendations
Seafood is a global commodity and many species listed on the Seafood Watch pocket guide are found in many parts of the world. However, the Seafood Watch program only evaluates seafood commonly found in the U.S. marketplace and your favorite seafood item may not have been evaluated by us.

This list may help you find an organization in your country that provides more localized recommendations. As these organizations use their own methodology for determining sustainability, some seafood items may be listed differently by various organizations.

Canada


SeaChoice
Sustainable Seafood Canada is a coalition of leading Canadian conservation organizations working together via the SeaChoice program to raise public awareness of the threats to our oceans and the solutions that sustainable fisheries offer.

Australasia


Australia

Australian Marine Conservation Society
The “Sustainable Fisheries” campaign actively promotes sustainable fishing practices and exposes unsustainable fishing where it occurs.

New Zealand

Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society
Forest and Bird: The Best Fish Guide is an ecological guide ranking New Zealand’s commercial fisheries.

Sustainable Seafood Sources
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
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
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
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.
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
The MSC is an independent, global, nonprofit organization whose role is to recognize, via a certification program, well-managed fisheries and to harness consumer preference for seafood products bearing the MSC eco-label. Check where to buy MSC labeled products in your country.
Seafood Choices Alliance
Seafood Choices Alliance works with all segments of the seafood industry to advance actions that reflect their shared concern for the long term supply of seafood and the long term health of the ocean. Sourcing Seafood is a buyer's guide to ocean-friendly seafood.  You can also search for sustainable seafood suppliers, restaurants and seafood in the Smart Choices database.
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.
Seafood & Human Health
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
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.

Mercury and Contaminants

Blue Ocean Institute (BOI)
An extensive and easy-to-read report on mercury levels in seafood from BOI.

Department of Health and Human Services
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry covers frequently asked questions about mercury contamination.

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
The EDF Seafood Selector rates the sustainability and mercury levels of commonly consumed seafood species. This site also includes individual monthly intact recommendations.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA provides information on the safety of seafood after an oil spill.

Radiation Concerns

Blue Ocean Institute (BOI)
The Blue Ocean Institute answers questions about radiation in West Coast seafood.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA responds to the Fukushima nuclear power facility incident and its effect on U.S. seafood.

Restaurants & Retailer Resources
Visit the restaurants and retailers section of the Seafood Watch website to find materials and tools for your use, in addition to the recommended resources below.
Caviar Emptor
Provides information about the international caviar trade.
Chefs Collaborative
A national network of more than 1,000 members of the food community who promote sustainable cuisine.
Environmental Defense Fund: Business Guide to Sustainable SeafoodPDF
Identifies cost-competitive and environmentally preferable choices in all major seafood product categories.
FishChoice
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.
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
The MSC is an independent, global, nonprofit organization whose role is to recognize, via a certification program, well-managed fisheries and to harness consumer preference for seafood products bearing the MSC eco-label. Check the list of certified suppliers for seafood certified to the MSC standard.
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.
Educator Resources
Visit the educators section of the Seafood Watch website that has materials and tools dedicated to the specific needs of educators.
Aquatic Resources Education Association
An association of state, federal, industry, fisheries, and educational professionals involved in aquatic resource education programs.
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.
Aquaculture Information Center
More information on aquaculture and links to multiple teacher and student resource sites.
FishBase
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.
Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations' FOCUS
This website explains many fishery-related topics ranging from nutrition to production and processing. It also delves into environmental issues and challenges of sustainable production.
Green Catch: Sustaining Blue by Catching Green
A free sustainable seafood educational program for middle school students. The program uses concise and easy methods to increase awareness and provide outlets for progressive action.
Guide to Fisheries Education Resources for Grade K-12PDF
This guide, from the American Fisheries Society, is designed for teachers interested in developing programs about fishing and fish management issues.
Habitat Media
Producers of "Empty Oceans, Empty Nets." The website has news on upcoming projects and ways to obtain the video.
Marine Activities, Resources and Education
MARE is a K-8, inquiry-based science program that transforms elementary and middle schools into laboratories for the exploration of the ocean.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Teachers Place
Classroom and teacher resources from the Monterey Bay Aquarium
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.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Education and research lesson plans from MBARI.
National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Education Resources
This website is designed to help students, teachers, librarians and the general public access the many educational activities, publications, and booklets that have been produced. It contains special sections for both teacher and student resources.
New England Aquarium
Resources for teachers from the New England Aquarium.
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
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.
Sea Trek
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 Resources
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.
Expeditions
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.
Fisheries Management
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.
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
NMFS is a department within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) focused on U.S. fisheries management and regulations.
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA)
MSA is the primary law governing U.S. marine fisheries management in federal waters.
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.
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
The United Nations FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department website provides data and statistics regarding wild capture fisheries and worldwide trade. The FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries promotes long-term sustainable fisheries. FAO International Plans of Action (IPOA) promote protection of marine resources; sharks, seabirds, fishing capacity and IUU fishing (illegal, unreported and unregulated). A number of UN member countries have also published a National Plan of Action (NPOA) in support of the International plans.
Regional Fisheries Management Organizations(RFMO)
RFMOs are responsible for managing fish stocks on the high seas and fish stocks which migrate through the waters of more than just a single State.
Tuna-org
Tuna RFMOs are intergovernmental organizations that carry out data collection, scientific monitoring and management of tuna and tuna-like resources.
Aquaculture (Fish Farming) Resources
At Seafood Watch, we use all available scientifically reliable data sources to compile our Seafood Watch science reports. The following organizations provide information regarding fish farming in the U.S. and internationally.
SeaWeb Aquaculture Resource
SeaWeb maintains a comprehensive collection of regularly updated aquaculture resources.
Catfish Institute
The Catfish Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of U.S. farm-raised catfish around the world.
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
The United Nations FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department website provides data and statistics regarding aquaculture production and worldwide trade.