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Our standards for fisheries, aquaculture, and salmon-specific fisheries set the sustainability bar for seafood. They undergo regular review and revision to ensure the latest science and best management practices are incorporated.

Input into the standards revision process is made through public consultations, Expert Working Groups, Technical Advisory Committees and a Multi-Stakeholder Group.

Our Current Standards

Our most recently published standards: Standard for Fisheries (v4), Standard for Aquaculture (v4) and Standard for Salmon Fisheries (v2) were approved by our Multi-Stakeholder Group on February 26, 2020.

Standards for Aquaculture

Standards for Fisheries

Standards for Salmon Fisheries

How We Develop Our Standards

We periodically review our standards to ensure they take into account the latest science on sustainability and best management practices. Our process prioritizes transparency, participation and fairness and is guided by ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code of Good Practice.

In addition, we consult with experts and other stakeholders in a public, transparent and accessible way. The process includes three phases over a five-year cycle. In the first three years, we perform assessments against the most current standards and document potential revisions. In year four, we refine potential changes in consultation with experts, and in year five, we revise and publish new or updated standards.
Standards Review Process Visual

Phase 1: Implementation

For three years after new or revised standards are published, we perform assessments against those standards, study the latest science and best management practices and document potential revisions. We periodically convene the Expert Working Groups (EWGs) to discuss specific topics. Any input we receive from stakeholders during this time will also be documented and discussed during Phase 2.

Phase 2: Review

The review phase, which takes place during year four, focuses on refining any revisions to the standards. We explore possible changes with experts, including the Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Advisory Committees (TACs), EWGs and, if needed, other specialists. More active public consultation is also conducted to solicit further input into potential revisions.

Phase 3: Revision

In year five, the revision phase formally begins with a Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) meeting. This phase includes further consultation with the public, MSG, TACs, EWGs and, if needed, other specialists. All written comments, our responses and meeting summaries are posted online. We pilot test the new or revised standards and publish them within 30 days of the MSG’s approval.

To learn more about the formal process for revision, please refer to the following documents:
Expert Working Groups, Multi-Stakeholder Group, Technical Advisory Committees and other advisors: The experts and stakeholders that have generously agreed to share their insights and expertise in the process.
Process Procedures (PDF): Describes the steps in the review and decision-making processes and also the composition of the MSG and TACs.
Terms of Reference (PDF): Includes objectives, an assessment of risks and contact details.
Complaint Procedures (PDF): Identifies the process for filing complaints regarding the standards review process.

Comments or suggestions? Send us an email about our standards, recommendations or assessments.

2019-2020 Standards Review

The 2019-2020 standards review phase ran from February 2019 to February 2020. The following documents provide an overview of the process and scope of the revision.

2019-2020 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, decision-making procedures and contact details.

2019-2020 Work Program and Timeline (PDF): Identifies which standards were reviewed, timeline and contact details.

2019 Multi-Stakeholder Group Meeting Summary (PDF): The agenda and an overview of the February 2019 MSG meeting that marked the official kickoff to the 2019-2020 Standards Review.


2020 Proposed Changes

There were two 60-day public consultation periods during this cycle. Input from the public and EWGs that we received after the current standards were published in 2016 were also taken into consideration.


First Public Consultation

The first public consultation period took place from March 4 to May 3, 2019. All public comments are posted at the bottom of this page, and summaries along with initial responses are below. Summaries of the May 2019 TAC meetings are also posted below.

Standard for Aquaculture:
Consultation (PDF) | Summary of Responses (PDF) | Summary of Aquaculture TAC meeting (PDF)

Standard for Fisheries:
Consultation (PDF) | Summary of Responses (PDF) | Summary of Fisheries TAC meeting (PDF)

Standard for Salmon Fisheries:
Consultation (PDF) | Please see documents for the Fisheries Consultation above.


Second Public Consultation

The second public consultation period took place from August 19 to October 18, 2019. All public comments are posted at the bottom of this page, and summaries along with initial responses are below.View a highlight of the proposed revisions.

Proposed Revisions Highlights

Standard for Aquaculture:
Consultation (PDF) | Summary of Responses (PDF)

Standard for Fisheries:
Consultation (PDF) | Summary of Responses (PDF)

Standard for Salmon Fisheries:
Consultation (PDF) | Summary of Responses (PDF)


2020 Multi-Stakeholder Group Meeting

The MSG met in February 2020 to discuss the proposed revisions. The group reached consensus on the changes and approved all three revised standards. The final, approved standards can be found above under Our Current Standards. The final, revised standards with revisions highlighted are below.

Summary of MSG meeting:
Outcomes and Modifications for Approval (PDF)

Summary of Revisions:
All Standards (PDF)

Standard for Aquaculture:
Submitted to MSG (PDF) | Approved by MSG (PDF)

Standard for Fisheries:
Submitted to MSG (PDF) | Approved by MSG (PDF)

Standard for Salmon Fisheries: 
Submitted to MSG (PDF) | Approved by MSG (PDF)


Comments Received

Public Consultation October 2014 - January 2015

Company / Organization Date Posted 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 July - August 2015

Company / Organization Date Posted 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 Summer 2016

Company / Organization Date Posted Comments
Alison Cross, WWF-US Tuesday, March 7, 2017 6:06 PM Download
Megan Atcheson/Dan Averill, Marine Stewardship Council Tuesday, March 7, 2017 6:06 PM Download
Kathryn Kostow, Independent Reviewer Coffee Creek Bioscience Tuesday, March 7, 2017 6:06 PM Download
Stuart Ellis, CRITFC Tuesday, March 7, 2017 6:06 PM Download
David Gaudet, Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, Pacific Seafood Processors Association Tuesday, March 7, 2017 6:05 PM Download
Matthew Sloat, Wild Salmon Center Tuesday, March 7, 2017 6:05 PM Download
Kathryn Kostow, Independent Reviewer Coffee Creek Bioscience Tuesday, March 7, 2017 6:03 PM Download

Public Consultation August - September 2016

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

Public Consultation March - April 2019

Company / Organization Date Posted Comments
Alasdair Lindop: Ocean Wise Seafood Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:33 PM Download
Andrew Hough (Coordinator) and Christina Burridge (Chair): Association of Sustainable Fisheries Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:32 PM Download
Juliana Herrera: Fair Trade USA Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:32 PM Download
Lynn Kavanagh: Global Ghost Gear Initiative / World Animal Protection Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:32 PM Download
Cecilia Blasco: SmartFish Rescate de Valor, AC Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:32 PM Download
Kate Kauer: The Nature Conservancy Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:32 PM Download
Kate Kauer: The Nature Conservancy California Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:31 PM Download
Jenna Stoner: Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:23 PM Download
Peter Bridson: Seagreen Research Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:23 PM Download
Kelly Roebuck, Living Oceans Society: SeaChoice Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:23 PM Download
Randy Repass Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:22 PM Download
Jim Parsons, President: National Aquaculture Association Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:22 PM Download
Katherine Dolmage: Mowi Canada West Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:22 PM Download
Remko Oosterveld: GLOBALG.A.P. c/o FoodPLUS GmbH Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:22 PM Download
Juliana Herrera: Fair Trade USA Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:22 PM Download
F3 Team: F3 Future of Fish Feed Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:21 PM Download
Josh Goldman, CEO: Australis Aquaculture, LLC Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:21 PM Download
Anonymous Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:21 PM Download

Public Consultation August - October 2019

Company / Organization Date Posted Comments
Peter Tyedmers: Dalhousie University Friday, November 8, 2019 6:29 PM Download
Christian Martin: Veramaris VOF Monday, October 28, 2019 8:57 PM Download
M. Steven Severino: Veramaris Monday, October 28, 2019 8:56 PM Download
Erin Ewald: Taylor Shellfish Monday, October 28, 2019 8:56 PM Download
Jenna Stoner: Sustainabale Fisheries Partnership Monday, October 28, 2019 8:55 PM Download
Kelly Roebuck: SeaChoice Monday, October 28, 2019 8:54 PM Download
Pablo Mazo: Productos del Mar Ventisqueros Monday, October 28, 2019 8:54 PM Download
Kevin Fitzsimmons: multiple organizations Monday, October 28, 2019 8:53 PM Download
Renée Hamel: Mowi Canada West Monday, October 28, 2019 8:52 PM Download
Rolando Ibarra: INTESAL Monday, October 28, 2019 8:51 PM Download
Kelly Alfrey: F3 Monday, October 28, 2019 8:46 PM Download
Jeff Regnart and Dave Gaudet: Responsible Fisheries Management Standard Committee (Salmonid) Monday, October 28, 2019 8:31 PM Download
Nick Gayeski: Wild Fish Conservancy Monday, October 28, 2019 8:31 PM Download
Jeff Regnart and Dave Gaudet: Responsible Fisheries Management Standard Committee (Fisheries) Monday, October 28, 2019 8:30 PM Download
Steve Creech: pelagikos private limited Monday, October 28, 2019 8:30 PM Download
Lynn Kavanagh: Global Ghost Gear Initiative/World Animal Protection Monday, October 28, 2019 8:30 PM Download
Juliana Herrera: Fair Trade USA Monday, October 28, 2019 8:30 PM Download