Seafood Watch program (Monterey Bay Aquarium)

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that protect sea life and habitats, now and for future generations. Their recommendations indicate which seafood items are “Best Choices” (green light) or “Good Alternatives” (amber light) and which ones you should “Avoid” (red light).

They raise public awareness about sustainable seafood issues through their consumer guides, website, mobile apps and outreach efforts. Since 1999, they’ve distributed over 45 million consumer guides and their smartphone app has been downloaded over a million times. They also encourage restaurants, distributors and seafood purveyors to purchase from sustainable sources. They have over 200 partners across North America, including two of the largest food service companies in the U.S.

In 2014 our consultancy conducted a desk-study for the Seafood Watch program about the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) fishery in Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal and Spain. In 2015 we worked in an assessment about the day octopus (Octopus cyanea) fishery in Indonesia and we were also hired to test the new SFW standards. New assessments will come in the next moths. Please find a copy of our published reports in the links below:

Common octopus fishery in Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal and Spain (2014)

Day octopus fishery in Indonesia (2015)

More information on the Seafood Watch scheme is available at their website: