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Sustainable Seafood


How can seafood consumers help protect our marine wildlife when overfishing and rapidly depleting fish stocks are common problems in today’s fishing industry? They can support sustainable fisheries by buying fish species that are known to have healthy populations. The web sites listed on this page can help those who eat seafood make educated and informed decisions about their seafood consumption.

Photo © Carol Walker
Surf Fishing, Atascadero State Beach,
Morro Bay
Photo © Carol Walker
Web sites with recommendations on seafood choices:

Seafood Watch - A program of Monterey Bay Aquarium designed to raise consumer awareness about the importance of buying seafood from sustainable sources. We recommend which seafood to buy or avoid, helping consumers to become advocates for environmentally friendly seafood.

Environmental Defense - On their web site, Environmental Defense has selected and listed the best and worst seafood choices.

Marine Stewardship Council - MSC posts a list of sustainable seafood products on their site as well as provides resources for seafood consumers concerned with sustainability issues.

Other Sites:

Sea Web - Web site includes information on ocean-related campaigns, ocean organizations in your area, books, newsletters and more. The project is designed to raise awareness of the world ocean and the life within. (Seaweb is part of Seafood Choices Alliance - "To build a constituency in support of better and more sustainable seafood choices, SeaWeb and Environmental Media Services  have created the Seafood Choices Alliance, an effort to give food professionals, chefs and ultimately, consumers, the  information they need to make the most informed decisions about seafood.")

Habitat Media - This site offers an overview of fishing issues - their PBS documentary, "Empty Oceans, Empty Nets." can be checked out for free from our video lending library.