2020 Ocean Wise Updates

 

Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise seafood recommendations are generated from assessments using the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program methodology. Recommendation updates are released once a month. See below for the latest changes.

 

Species Updates (Year to Date)

 


January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December


 

May 2020

Species Name Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Anchovy, European Spain - Bay of Biscay (MSC) Purse Seine
Char, Arctic Canada - Nunavut, Cambridge Bay Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals
Gillnet
Clam, Atlantic Surf USA - Atlantic Ocean, Northwest (MSC) Mechanized Dredges
Clam, Northern Quahog USA - Maine Hand Implements
USA - New Jersey Hand Implements
USA - Massachusetts Hand Implements
USA - New York Hand Implements
USA - North Carolina Hand Implements
USA - Rhode Island Hand Implements
Clam, Ocean Quahog USA - Atlantic Ocean, Northwest (MSC) Mechanized Dredges
Clam, Softshell USA - Maine Hand Implements
USA - Massachusetts Hand Implements
Crab, Snow Russia - Barents Sea (MSC) Pot/Trap
Flounder, Blackback Canada - The Maritimes Bottom Trawl
Grouper, Black Mexico - Gulf of Mexico Set Longline
Grouper, Red Mexico - Gulf of Mexico Set Longline
Mackerel, Jack Chile (MSC) Midwater Trawl
Mullet, Striped USA - Florida, West Central Atlantic Ocean Beach Seine
Cast Net
Mussels, Blue USA - Maine Hand Dredges
Hand Implements
USA - Massachusetts Hand Dredges
Hand Implements
USA - New York Hand Dredges
Hand Implements
USA - Rhode Island Hand Dredges
Hand Implements
Oysters, Eastern Canada - Gulf of St. Lawrence Hand Implements
Scallops, Bay USA - Massachusetts Towed Dredges
USA - New York Towed Dredges
Sea Cucumber, Orange-Footed Canada - Quebec Towed Dredges
Shrimp, Northern Canada - Gulf of St. Lawrence (MSC) Trawl
Squid, Argentine Shortfin Atlantic Ocean - Southwest Jig
Squid, Indian China Bottom Trawl
Jig
Purse Seine
Squid, Mitre China Bottom Trawl
Jig
Purse Seine
Squid, Swordtip China Bottom Trawl
Jig
Purse Seine
Turbot, Greenland Russia - Barents Sea (MSC) Bottom Trawl
Walleye USA - Minnesota, Red Lake Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Set Gillnet

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April 2020

Species Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Pike, Northern Canada - Waterhen Lake (MSC) Gillnet
Walleye Canada - Waterhen Lake (MSC) Gillnet

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 March 2020 

Species

Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
All species (except eels) 

Worldwide

RAS - recirculating aquaculture systems (without wastewater treatment)

RAS - recirculating aquaculture systems (with wastewater treatment)  
 All eel species  Worldwide   RAS - recirculating aquaculture systems (with wastewater treatment)
RAS - recirculating aquaculture systems (without wastewater treatment)  
Bass, Striped  USA - Northwest Atlantic Ocean Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines  
Set Gillnets
Stationary uncovered pound nets    
Clam, Northern Quahog Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Gulf of St. Lawrence) Hand Implements
Clam, Softshell Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Maritimes) Hand Implements
Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (excluding Quebec) Hand Implements
Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Quebec) Hand Implements
Scallop, Pacific Calico Mexico - Baja California Sur, Eastern Central Pacific Ocean (Magdalena Bay) Hand Implements
Squid, Indian India - Indian Ocean Bottom Trawls
Thailand - Western and Central Pacific Ocean Cast Nets
Jig
Bottom Trawls
  Squid, Mitre  Indonesia - Western and Central Pacific Ocean  Cast Nets
Jig  
Thailand - Western and Central Pacific Ocean Cast Nets
Jig
Bottom Trawls
Squid, Swordtip USA - California Outdoor flowthrough raceway
Tanks
USA - Idaho Outdoor flowthrough raceway
Tanks

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 February 2020

Species Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Mackerel, Atlantic USA - Atlantic (Northwest) Bottom Trawls
Midwater Trawls
Purse Seine
Canada - Atlantic (Northwest) Purse Seine  

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January 2020

Species Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Amberjack, Yellowtail Mexico - Pacific Ocean Marine Net Pen
Bass, Hybrid Striped USA Tanks
Ponds
Bass, Striped Mexico - Pacific Ocean Marine Net Pen
Jack, Almaco  Mexico - Pacific Ocean Marine Net Pen
USA - Hawaii Marine Net Pen
Redfish, Acadian USA - Atlantic Ocean Bottom Trawls
Salmon, Chinook New Zealand - Pacific Ocean Marine Net Pen
Swordfish New Zealand - Inland Waters Freshwater Net Pen
Atlantic Ocean - South Trolling Lines
Canada - Atlantic Ocean Harpoons
Drifting Longlines
Mediterranean Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean - North Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Atlantic Ocean - North (excluding USA-caught) Drifting Longlines
USA - Atlantic Ocean Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Harpoons
Drifting Longlines
USA - Gulf of Mexico Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean - South Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Drifting Longlines
Pacific Ocean - North Drifting Longlines
Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Pacific Ocean - South Drifting Longlines
Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Tuna, Albacore                  Mediterranean Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean - North (excluding USA-caught) Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean - North  Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Atlantic Ocean - South   Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Drifting Longlines
USA - Atlantic Ocean Drifting Longlines
Canada - Pacific Ocean  Trolling Lines
Hand-operated pole-and-lines
Japan  Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Pacific Ocean - North   Drifting Longlines
Hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Pacific Ocean - South   Drifting Longlines
Hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Tuna, Atlantic Bluefin              Atlantic Ocean - Northwest  Handlines
Harpoons
USA - Atlantic Ocean Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean - West Unassociated Purse Seine (non-FAD)
Atlantic Ocean (excluding USA-caught) Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean  Hand-operated pole-and-lines;
Trolling Lines
Canada - Atlantic Ocean  Drifting Longlines

Hand-operated pole-and-lines; Trolling Lines

Mediterranean Sea     Drifting Longlines
Hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Line
Harpoons
Unassociated Purse Seine (non-FAD)
Tuna, Bigeye            Atlantic Ocean - East  Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Atlantic Ocean -West  Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Canada - Atlantic Ocean Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean Floating Object Purse Seine (FAD)
Atlantic Ocean - North Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean - South Drifting Longlines
USA - Atlantic Ocean  Drifting Longlines
Greenstick
Pacific Ocean - Western and Central  Drifting Longlines
Floating Object Purse Seine (FAD)
Tuna, Blackfin     Atlantic Ocean -West     Floating Object Purse Seine (FAD)
Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
USA - Atlantic Ocean Greenstick
USA - Gulf of Mexico Drifting Longlines
Tuna, Pacific Bluefin    Japan  Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
 Pacific Ocean - North  Drifting Longlines
Unassociated Purse Seine (non-FAD)
Tuna, Skipjack              Atlantic Ocean - East    Floating Object Purse Seine (FAD)
Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Unassociated Purse Seine (non-FAD)
Atlantic Ocean - West    Floating Object Purse Seine (FAD)
Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Unassociated Purse Seine (non-FAD)
USA - Atlantic Ocean Greenstick
Pacific Ocean - Western and Central    Floating Object Purse Seine (FAD)
Unassociated Purse Seine (non-FAD)
Trolling Lines
Hand-operated pole-and-lines
Tuna, Southern Bluefin Pacific Ocean - South Drifting Longlines
Tuna, Yellowfin                  Canada - Atlantic Ocean Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean Floating Object Purse Seine (FAD)
Atlantic Ocean - East   Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Unassociated Purse Seine (non-FAD)
Atlantic Ocean - West   Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Unassociated Purse Seine (non-FAD)
Atlantic Ocean - North (excluding USA-caught) Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean - South (excluding USA-caught) Drifting Longlines
USA - Atlantic Ocean  Drifting Longlines
Greenstick
USA - Gulf of Mexico Drifting Longlines
Pacific Ocean - Western and Central     Drifting Longlines
Floating Object Purse Seine (FAD)
Floating Object Purse Seine (non-FAD)
Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines

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Species Updates (Year to Date)


Abalone: 

Abalone Japanese | Ormer, Green

Anchovy

Anchovy, European

Bass, Croaker

Bass, Black Sea | Bass, European Sea | Bass, Hybrid Striped | Bass, Striped | Croaker, Geelbeck

Billfish-Swordfish

Swordfish

Bream, Porgy

Bream, Gilt Headed

Catfish, Pangasius

Catfish, African | Catfish, Channel | Catfish, Wels

Clams

Clam, Atlantic Surf | Clam, Northern Quahog | Clam, Ocean Quahog | Clam, Softshell 

Cod-Haddock

Cod, Atlantic 

Crab

Crab, Snow

Cucumber

Sea Cucumber, Orange-Footed

Eel

Eel, European

Flounder - Sole

Flounder, Blackback | Sole, Butter | Sole, Common | Sole, Dover | Sole, English | Sole, Flathead | Sole, Northern Rock | Sole, Rex | Sole, Southern Rock

Grouper - Snapper

Grouper, Black | Grouper, Red

Halibut

Halibut, Atlantic | Turbot, Greenland

Jacks

Amberjack, Greater | Amberjack, Yellowtail | Jack, Almaco

Mackerels - Jacks - Pompano

Mackerel, Atlantic | Mackerel, Jack | Pompano, Florida | Pompano, Snubnose

Mullet

Mullet, Striped

Mussels

Mussels, Blue

Oysters

Oysters, Eastern

Perch

Perch, Yellow

Rockfish

Redfish, Acadian

Salmon

Salmon, Atlantic | Salmon, Chinook | Salmon, Coho

Scallops

Scallop, Bay | Scallop, Pacific Calico

Shrimps - Prawns

Prawn, Giant Freshwater | Prawn, Giant Tiger | Shrimp, Northern | Shrimp, Whiteleg

Squid

Squid, Argentine Shortfin | Squid, Indian | Squid, Mitre | Squid, Swordtip

Sturgeon

Sturgeon, Atlantic | Sturgeon, Sturgeon | Sturgeon, Shortnose | Sturgeon, Siberian| Sturgeon, Stellate | Sturgeon, Sterlet | Sturgeon, White

Tilapia spp.

Tilapia 

Trout - Char

Char, Arctic | Trout, Brown | Trout, Rainbow | Trout, Tiger

Tuna

Tuna, Albacore | Tuna, Atlantic Bluefin | Tuna, Bigeye | Tuna, Blackfin | Tuna, Pacific Bluefin | Tuna, Southern Bluefin | Tuna, Yellowfin

Other Finfish

Arapaima | Barramundi | Cobia | Meagre | Pacu | Pike, Northern | Walleye