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.


Species Updates (Year to Date)

 


January | February | March | AprilMay | June | July | August | September | October | November | December


 

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    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

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 

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 | 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, Whiteleg

Squid

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

Sturgeon

Sturgeon, Atlantic Sturgeon | Sturgeon, Russian | 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 | Walleye