What is seafood Watch?

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that's fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean, now and for future generations. Their seafood recommendations indicate which seafood items are Best Choices or Good Alternatives, and which ones you should Avoid.

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What Makes seafoodwatch so Special?

Raising Awareness

Since 1999, they have worked to raise public awareness about sustainable seafood issues.

Advancing Policy

SeafoodWatch works to advance policies and management measures to:

  • Improve traceability in the global seafood supply chain
  • End illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
  • Strengthen and advocate for fisheries managements 
  • Restore shark and bluefin tuna populations

Creating Partnerships

They work nationally and internationally to address environmental and human rights issues. They engage with:

  • Fishermen
  • Farmers
  • Organizations
  • Governments and non-governmental agencies

Educating Influencers

They educate chefs and culinary professionals who influence consumers and the entire business supply chain.


How do they develop Seafood Watch Recommendations?

Seafood Watch has a rigorous method for developing its recommendations. Their scientists compile relevant science-based information by researching government reports, journal articles and white papers. They also contact fishery and fish farm experts. After a thorough review of all the available data and information, Seafood Watch applies our sustainability standards to those findings to develop an in-depth assessment. All of their assessments are reviewed by experts from academia, government and the seafood industry and are available on their website. We base our seafood recommendations on these assessments.

 

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What is "sustainability"?

Seafood Watch defines sustainable seafood as seafood from sources, whether fished or farmed that can maintain or increase production without jeopardizing the structure and function of affected ecosystems. 

The key issues we look at when evaluating the sustainability of fisheries are:

  1. Impacts of the fishery on the species under assessment
  2. Impacts on other capture species
  3. Effectiveness of management
  4. Impacts on the habitat and ecosystem

The key issues we look at when evaluating the sustainability of fish farms are:

  1. Availability of data
  2. Impacts of effluent
  3. Impacts on habitat
  4. Chemical use
  5. Feed
  6. Risk of escapes impacting wild populations
  7. Risk of disease, pathogen and parasite interaction with wild populations
  8. Source of stock—independence from wild fish stocks
  9. Predator and wildlife mortalities
  10. Escape of unintentionally introduced species

Safety & Handling

Royal Hawaiian Seafood carefully abides by HACCP guideline, which involves regular temperature and sensory evaluations of the facility and products. Cooking and freezing raw food mitigates the risk of pathogens and parasites.