2020 Seafood Watch Updates

Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch uses science-based information to evaluate the most common items available in the North American seafood market against environmental sustainability criteria. Recommendations are updated at least once every three years or as soon as new information is made available, and recommendation updates are released once a month. See below for the latest changes, and a list of species updated (year to date).


 


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October 2020

Species Name Origin Method Old SFW Rating New SFW Rating
Oysters (Crassostrea spp., Ostrea spp., Saccostrea spp.) Worldwide On-Bottom Culture OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Off-Bottom Culture OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
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September 2020

Species Name Origin Method Old SFW Rating New SFW Rating
Dolphinfish Costa Rica Drifting Longlines Avoid Good Alternative
Peru Drifting Longlines Avoid Avoid
Eel, American Worldwide Indoor recirculating tank (with wastewater treatment) Avoid Good Alternative
Indoor recirculating tank (without wastewater treatment) Avoid Good Alternative
Eel, European Worldwide Indoor recirculating tank (with wastewater treatment) Avoid Avoid
Indoor recirculating tank (without wastewater treatment) Avoid Avoid
Eel, Japanese Worldwide Indoor recirculating tank (with wastewater treatment) Avoid Avoid
Indoor recirculating tank (without wastewater treatment) Avoid Avoid
Prawn, Giant Tiger Southeast Asia (Selva Shrimp) Silvoculture Best Choice Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
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August 2020

Species Name Origin Method Old SFW Rating New SFW Rating
Conch, Queen Bahamas Diving Avoid Avoid
Belize Hand Implements Good Alternative Avoid
Honduras Diving Best Choice Best Choice
Nicaragua Diving Good Alternative Avoid
Turks and Caicos Hand Implements Avoid Avoid
USA - Puerto Rico Diving Avoid Good Alternative
USA - Virgin Islands Diving Good Alternative Good Alternative
Mussels Worldwide Bottom Culture Best Choice Best Choice
Off-Bottom Culture Best Choice Best Choice
 
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July 2020

Species Name Origin Method Old SFW Rating New SFW Rating
Bream, Gilt Head Egypt - African Inland Waters Ponds Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Avoid
European Union Marine Net Pen Good Alternative Avoid
Turkey Marine Net Pen Good Alternative Avoid
Char, Arctic Canada - Nunavut (Cambridge Bay) Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.  Best Choice Best Choice
Set Gillnet Best Choice Best Choice
Cockle, New Zealand New Zealand - Whangarei Harbour Hand Implements Best Choice Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Meagre Egypt - African Inland Waters Semi-Intensive Ponds Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Avoid
Semi-Extensive Ponds Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Avoid
European Union Marine Net Pen Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Avoid
Turkey Marine Net Pen Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Avoid
Perch, Giant Vietnam Marine Net Pen Best Choice Best Choice
Prawn, Giant Tiger Brunei (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Indonesia (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Malaysia (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Myanmar (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Philippines (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Singapore (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Thailand (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Vietnam (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Roughy, Orange New Zealand (ORH1 Mercury-Colville) Bottom Trawl Avoid Avoid
New Zealand (ORH1 Northern North Island) Bottom Trawl Avoid Avoid
New Zealand (ORH2A North-East Cape) Bottom Trawl Avoid Avoid
New Zealand (ORH2A South, ORH2B, ORH3A - Mid East Coast) Bottom Trawl Avoid Avoid
New Zealand (ORH3B East and South Chatham Rise) Bottom Trawl Avoid Avoid
New Zealand (ORH3B Northwest Chatham Rise) Bottom Trawl Avoid Avoid
New Zealand (ORH3B Other) Bottom Trawl Avoid Avoid
New Zealand (ORH3B Puysegur) Bottom Trawl Avoid Avoid
New Zealand (ORH7A Challenger Plateau) Bottom Trawl Avoid Avoid
New Zealand (ORH7B West Coast South Island) Bottom Trawl Avoid Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Salmon, Atlantic Norway - Nordland, Skjerstad Fjord Marine Net Pen Best Choice Best Choice
Norway - Nordland (Blue Circle Foods Brand) Marine Net Pen Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Chile (Verlasso Brand) Marine Net Pen Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Sea Bass, European European Union Marine Net Pen Good Alternative Avoid
Egypt - African Inland Waters Ponds Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Avoid
Turkey Marine Net Pen Good Alternative Avoid
Shrimp, Whiteleg Brunei (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Indonesia (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Malaysia (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Myanmar (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Philippines (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Singapore (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Vietnam (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Thailand (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Thailand Frequent Exchange Ponds Avoid Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Harvest Exchange Ponds Avoid Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Intensive Ponds Good Alternative Good Alternative
Squid, Japanese Flying Japan - Northwest Pacific (Autumn Cohort) Jig Best Choice Avoid
Japan - Northwest Pacific (Winter Cohort) Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.  Good Alternative Avoid
Bottom Trawl Avoid Avoid
Jig Best Choice Avoid
Purse Seine Best Choice Avoid
China - Northwest Pacific (Winter Cohort) Midwater Trawl Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Avoid
Tilapia, Nile   Honduras Freshwater Net Pen Good Alternative Good Alternative
Indonesia Freshwater Net Pen Good Alternative Good Alternative
Mexico Freshwater Net Pen Good Alternative Good Alternative
 
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June 2020

Species Name Origin Method Old SFW Rating New SFW Rating
Bass, Black Sea USA - Florida (Gulf of Mexico) Traps Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Avoid
USA - Northwest Atlantic Bottom Trawls Avoid Good Alternative
USA - Northwest Atlantic (Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank) Handlines Best Choice Good Alternative
USA - Northwest Atlantic (Southern New England) Pots Best Choice Good Alternative
Eel, American USA - North Carolina Pots Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Good Alternative
USA - Northwest Atlantic Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals Avoid Avoid
USA - Northwest Atlantic (excluding North Carolina) Pots Avoid Avoid
USA - Northwest Atlantic (Including Inland Waters) Fyke Nets Good Alternative Seafood Watch - Not Applicable
Sablefish Canada - British Columbia Marine net pen Best Choice Best Choice
 
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May 2020

Species Name Origin Method Old SFW Rating New SFW Rating
Char, Arctic Canada - Nunavut, Cambridge Bay Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals Best Choice Best Choice
Gillnet Best Choice Best Choice
Clam, Atlantic Surf USA - Atlantic Ocean, Northwest (MSC) Mechanized Dredges Good Alternative Eco-Recommendation
Clam, Northern Quahog USA - Maine Hand Implements Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Good Alternative
USA - New Jersey Hand Implements Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Good Alternative
USA - Massachusetts Hand Implements Best Choice Good Alternative
USA - New York Hand Implements Best Choice Good Alternative
USA - North Carolina Hand Implements Best Choice Good Alternative
USA - Rhode Island Hand Implements Best Choice Best Choice
Clam, Ocean Quahog USA - Atlantic Ocean, Northwest (MSC) Mechanized Dredges Good Alternative Eco-Recommendation
Clam, Softshell USA - Maine Hand Implements Best Choice Good Alternative
USA - Massachusetts Hand Implements Best Choice Good Alternative
Flounder, Blackback Canada - The Maritimes Bottom Trawl Avoid Avoid
Grouper, Black Mexico - Gulf of Mexico Set Longline Avoid Avoid
Grouper, Red Mexico - Gulf of Mexico Set Longline Avoid Avoid
Mullet, Striped USA - Florida, West Central Atlantic Ocean Beach Seine Best Choice Best Choice
Cast Net Best Choice Best Choice
Mussels, Blue USA - Maine Hand Dredges Good Alternative Good Alternative
Hand Implements Good Alternative Good Alternative
USA - Massachusetts Hand Dredges Good Alternative Good Alternative
Hand Implements Good Alternative Good Alternative
USA - New York Hand Dredges Good Alternative Good Alternative
Hand Implements Good Alternative Good Alternative
USA - Rhode Island Hand Dredges Good Alternative Good Alternative
Hand Implements Good Alternative Good Alternative
Oysters, Eastern Canada - Gulf of St. Lawrence Hand Implements Best Choice Best Choice
Scallops, Bay USA - Massachusetts Towed Dredges Good Alternative Good Alternative
USA - New York Towed Dredges Good Alternative Good Alternative
Sea Cucumber, Orange-Footed Canada - Quebec Towed Dredges Avoid Good Alternative
Squid, Argentine Shortfin Atlantic Ocean - Southwest Jig Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Avoid
Squid, Indian China Bottom Trawl Avoid Avoid
Jig Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Avoid
Purse Seine Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Avoid
Squid, Mitre China Bottom Trawl Avoid Avoid
Jig Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Avoid
Purse Seine Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Avoid
Squid, Swordtip China Bottom Trawl Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Avoid
Jig Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Avoid
Purse Seine Seafood Watch - Not Applicable Avoid
Walleye USA - Minnesota, Red Lake Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines Best Choice Best Choice
Set Gillnet Best Choice Best Choice


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April 2020

There are no new SFW ratings updates for April 2020.

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March 2020

Species Origin Method Old SFW Rating New SFW 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) Diving   
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
Squid, Swordtip Indonesia - Western and Central Pacific Ocean Bottom Trawl
Indonesia - Western and central Pacific Ocean Cast Nets
Jig
Thailand - Western and Central Pacific Ocean Bottom Trawls
Cast Nets
Jig
Sturgeon, White USA - California Outdoor flowthrough raceway
Tanks
USA, Idaho Outdoor flowthrough raceway
Tanks


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February 2020

Species Origin Method Old SFW Rating New SFW 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 Oce 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

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
  • Cockle, New Zealand

Cod-Haddock

  • Cod, Atlantic

Conch

  • Conch, Queen

Cucumber

  • Sea Cucumber, Orange-Footed

Eel

  • Eel, American
  • Eel, European
  • Eel, Japanese

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
  • Pompano, Florida
  • Pompano, Snubnose

Mullet

  • Mullet, Striped

Mussels

  • Mussels, Blue

Oysters

  • Oysters, Chilean
  • Oysters, Eastern
  • Oysters, Edible
  • Oysters, Kumamoto
  • Oysters, New Zealand Rock
  • Oysters, Olympia
  • Oysters spp.
  • Oysters, Pacific
  • Oysters, Portuguese
  • Oysters, Sydney Rock

Perch

  • Perch, Giant
  • 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, Whiteleg

Squid

  • Squid, Argentine Shortfin
  • Squid, Indian
  • Squid, Japanese Flying
  • Squid, Mitre
  • Squid, Swordtip

Sturgeon

  • Sturgeon, Atlantic 
  • Sturgeon, Russian
  • Sturgeon, Shortnose
  • Sturgeon, Siberian
  • Sturgeon, Stellate
  • Sturgeon, Sterlet
  • Sturgeon, White

Tilapia spp.

  • Tilapia
  • Tilapia, Nile

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
  • Dolphinfish
  • Meagre
  • Pacu
  • Roughy, Orange
  • Sablefish
  • Walleye