Sustainable seafood advisory lists and certification


Sustainable seafood advisory lists and certification are programs aimed at increasing consumer awareness of the environmental impact and sustainability of their seafood purchasing choices.

California-based Seafood Watch and Marine Conservation Society's fish online are some of the best-known guides. One of the best-known certification programs is Marine Stewardship Council's scheme for consumer seafood products.

Other programs include regional guides, such as the GoodFish Project - a sustainable seafood guide produced by the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS). In Canada, SeaChoice produces assessments and recommendations using the traffic light system, while recommendation of restaurants is done by Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise.

Guides and advisory lists

Certification and labelling

  • The Marine Stewardship Council has a certification program for consumer seafood products, and lists certified products on its website [5]
  • Ocean Wise, a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program certifying restaurants, and publishing a dining guide.
  • Sustainable Fishery Advocates operates the FishWise program for labeling seafood by retailers.
  • Friends of the Sea is an independent organization that developed certification schemes for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. The certification schemes also include standards for the reduction of carbon footprint and social accountability.

Consumer health

  • Oceana's Campaign to Stop Seafood Contamination[permanent dead link] (USA)

See also