A solid foundation of science and collaboration underpins Seafood Watch recommendations—ensuring our audiences have the robust and accurate information they need to influence positive change on the water.
Setting the Sustainability Bar
Our standards for aquaculture, fisheries and salmonid-specific fisheries set the environmental sustainability bar for seafood. They undergo regular review to ensure the latest science and best management practices are incorporated into our Seafood Watch assessments.
Input into our standards review process is made through public and expert consultation, advisory committees and an annual meeting of the Multi-Stakeholder Group. Two public consultation periods will be open in 2019.
Read our standards and learn more about the standards review process
Our assessments identify the environmental performance of fisheries or aquaculture operations and the process we follow to Develop Seafood Watch Recommendations (PDF) ensures that our assessments are rigorous, impartial, transparent and accessible.
We welcome input on any of our existing assessments through our Seafood Watch Assessment Tool and, while our capacity for additional assessments is limited, we do welcome requests for a new assessment at any time.
Measuring Our Impact
As a program, it is vital to assess our effectiveness and identify areas for improvement in order to better understand and demonstrate our contribution toward improving the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture operations. Our theory of change, results chains and associated monitoring questions articulate our approaches and allow us to examine the impact of our strategies.
Learn more (PDF)
We support the concept of independent eco-certification programs for seafood. We follow a process that allows for the identification of eco-certification standards that are equivalent to at least a Good Alternative. In addition to choosing from our Best Choices and Good Alternatives, seafood buyers can also look for eco-certified products we recommend.
Partnering to Combat Slavery in Fisheries
In partnership with Liberty Asia and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, Seafood Watch developed the Seafood Slavery Risk Tool. The tool uses publically available information to rate the likelihood that human trafficking, forced labor and hazardous child labor are occurring in a specific fishery.
Learn more on seafoodslaveryrisk.org
Collecting Data on Carbon Emissions
We are working with partners to develop a tool that collects and visualizes data on carbon emissions in fisheries and aquaculture operations in order to better inform our audiences and incentivize a reduction in fuel use in seafood production.
Learn more on seafoodco2.dal.ca
Recognizing Other Rating Organizations
Seafood Watch ratings and eco-certifications cover less than half of the total global production of seafood. To supplement our recommendations, we are working within the Global Seafood Ratings Alliance, a coalition of seafood rating organizations from around the world, to provide additional information on sustainable seafood to consumers and business partners.
Learn more on globalseafoodratings.org
Improving Aquaculture and Fisheries
We support and drive continuous improvements in fisheries and aquaculture operations, with a focus on those that rate red or yellow.
Asian Seafood Improvement Collaborative
Founded to foster dialogue and build consensus, our involvement with this initiative is to develop strategies and tools for sustainability improvements throughout the Asian seafood industry.
Learn more on asicollaborative.org
A credible Fishery Improvement Project can be a powerful tool in addressing issues with a fishery’s environmental performance and/or insufficient management. Seafood Watch's position on Fishery Improvement Projects (PDF) provides guidance for fisheries engaged in these projects and Fishery Progress, a website that tracks Fishery Improvement Projects, provides a list of those projects and their progress.
Learn more on fisheryprogress.org