Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch gives businesses and consumers the information they need to make good seafood choices at the moment when they need it. By categorizing seafood choices into three distinct categories, the Seafood Watch program makes choosing the best seafood easy and straightforward. Users can browse the database alphabetically or search their selection, and quickly see into which of the three categories it falls. A fish may fall into all three categories based on the location where it is farmed or caught, or the methods used to farm or catch the species. These categories are:
Best Choice: There are no concerns regarding the population of that fish. The methods used to farm or catch the target fish do little or no damage to the surrounding habitat or other fish populations in the ecosystem. Make a selection from this list first if it is available.
Good Alternative: There may be some concerns as to the population of the target fish. Alternately, the farming or catching of wild fish may do mild or moderate damage to the surrounding ecosystem, and the harvest methods may have a moderate amount of bycatch – other species of fish that caught along with the target species. Consumers may buy this selection, but be aware that there are some concerns regarding the above criteria.
Avoid: Selections on this list may be overfished. For wild-caught species, fishery workers may harvest them in ways that significantly affect or harm other marine life, or do significant damage to the surrounding ecosystem through run-off. For farmed species, the methods may encourage disease among the population. They may harm wild populations that swim close enough to the facility. Farmed fish in this category may be raised using chemicals, antibiotics, and feed that the species would never eat in the wild.
A fish can appear in any one of the above categories, more than one category, or all of the above, depending on where the seafood comes from and the methods used.
Users may access the Seafood Watch database or by downloading the Seafood Watch App.