2021 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, and a list of species updated (year to date).


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June 2021

 

Species Name Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Atlantic Cod Norway (MSC) Gillnet OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Hook & Line OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Danish Seine OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Bottom Trawl OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Bigeye Tuna Marshall Islands (MSC) Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Jumbo Squid Mexico - Gulf of California Jig OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Pollock Norway - Northeast Arctic (MSC) Gillnet OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Hook & Line OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Skipjack Tuna Indian Ocean (MSC) Purse Seine - Floating Object OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Purse Seine - Unassociated OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - East (MSC) Purse Seine - Unassociated OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Yellowfin Tuna  Marshall Islands (MSC) Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid

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May 2021

There are no Ocean Wise updates for May 2021.

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April 2021

 

Species Name Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Acadian Redfish  USA - Atlantic (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
USA - Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank (MSC) Otter Trawl OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Albacore Tuna                                  Pacific Ocean - North (MSC) Trolling Lines OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Pacific Ocean - South (MSC)  Trolling Lines OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
American Samoa (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Australia (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Japan (MSC)  Handline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
New Zealand (MSC) Trolling Lines OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Spain (MSC)  Handlines and Mechanized Pole-and-Lines OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Trolling Lines OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Canada - British Columbia (MSC) Trolling Lines OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
USA - North Atlantic (MSC)  Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Hook and Line OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
French Polynesia (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Kiribati (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Solomon Islands (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Cook Islands (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - Northeast Drifting Longlines OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - Southeast Drifting Longlines OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Indian Ocean Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Mediterranean Sea Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Northeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - North  Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Trolling Lines OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Atlantic Ocean - Northwest (excluding US-caught) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Southeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - South  Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Trolling Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Southwest Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Canada - Northwest Atlantic Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Northwest Atlantic Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (including vessels landing in California) Deep-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Western Central Pacific) Deep-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Fiji (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
American Cupped Oyster  USA - Texas (MSC) Dredge OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
USA - Louisiana (MSC) Dredge OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
American Lobster       Canada - Bay of Fundy, Scotian Shelf, & Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (MSC) Pots OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Canada - Prince Edward Island (MSC) Pots OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Canada - Nova Scotia (MSC) Traps OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Canada - Magdalen Islands (MSC) Pots OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Canada - Gaspe Peninsula (MSC) Pots OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
USA - Gulf of Maine (MSC) Pots OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Canada - Gulf of St. Lawrence (MSC) Traps OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Antarctic Krill Antarctic (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Arrowtooth Flounder  USA - Alaska - Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
USA - Alaska - Gulf of Alaska (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna        Mediterranean Sea Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Northwest Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Southwest Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Canada - Northwest Atlantic Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Northwest Atlantic (General Quota, Atlantic Bluefin Tuna fishery)  Harpoon OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines  OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Northwest Atlantic Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
France - Mediterranean (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Atlantic Cod             Canada - Newfoundland (MSC)    Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Gillnet OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Danish Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Norway (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Barents & Norwegian Sea (MSC)  Longline OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Arctic Ocean - Northeast (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Barents Sea (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Denmark - North Sea & Skagerrak (MSC)  Gillnet OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Latvia - Baltic Sea (MSC)  Gillnet OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Midwater Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Atlantic Herring            Denmark - Skagerrak, Kattegat, and West Baltic Sea (MSC)   Gillnet OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Midwater Trawl OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
North Sea (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Norwegian Sea (MSC)  Purse Seine OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Midwater Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Faroe Islands (MSC)  Midwater Trawl OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Purse Seine OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Norway - Spring Spawn (MSC)  Midwater Trawl OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Purse Seine OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Atlantic Ocean - Northeast (MSC)  Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Purse Seine OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Mackerel   Atlantic Ocean - Northeast (MSC)  Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Midwater Trawl OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Northern Ireland (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Atlantic Menhaden USA - Atlantic (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Atlantic Salmon Norway - Nordland, Skjerstad Fjord Marine Net Pen OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Atlantic Seabob Shrimp  Guyana (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Suriname (MSC) Pair Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Atlantic Surf Clam USA - Atlantic (MSC) Boat Dredge OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Bigeye Tuna                                Australia (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Marshall Islands (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Kiribati (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Japan (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Micronesia (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Cook Islands (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - West Central (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Indian Ocean    Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Trolling Lines OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Purse Seine - Unassociated OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Purse Seine - Floating Object OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Indian Ocean - Antarctic Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - East   Purse Seine - Floating Object OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Trolling Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - East Central Purse Seine - Floating Object OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - Northeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - Southeast  Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Northeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Northwest Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - West   Purse Seine - Floating Object OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Trolling Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Southeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Southwest Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Canada - Northwest Atlantic Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Northwest Atlantic Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (including vessels landing in California) Deep-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Western Central Pacific) Deep-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Fiji (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Sri Lanka - Eastern Indian Ocean Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Indian Ocean (Tropical tuna fishery) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Black Marlin  USA - Hawaii (including vessels landing in California) Deep-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Western Central Pacific) Deep-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Blackfin Tuna   Atlantic Ocean - West   Purse Seine - Floating Object OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Trolling Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Blue Crab USA - Louisiana (MSC) Pots OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Blue Marlin  USA - Hawaii (including vessels landing in California) Deep-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Western Central Pacific) Deep-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Blue Mussel  Denmark (MSC) Boat Dredge OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Ireland (MSC) Boat Dredge OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Blue Shark               Indian Ocean - Antarctic (Southern bluefin tuna fishery) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - Northeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - Southeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Indian Ocean Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Indian Ocean (Tropical tuna fishery) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Northeast (excluding US-caught) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Northwest (excluding US-caught) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Southeast (excluding US-caught) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Southwest (excluding US-caught) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Canada - Atlantic (and adjacent areas) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Atlantic (and adjacent areas) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Eastern Central Pacific) Shallow-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
USa - Hawaii (including vessels landing in California) Deep-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Western Central Pacific)  Deep-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Shallow-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Blue Squat Lobster Chile (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Blue Whiting    Faroe Islands (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Iceland (MSC)  Bottom Trawls OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Midwater Trawl OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Northeast (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Cape Hake  Namibia (MSC)  Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Bottom Trawls OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Chilean Nylon Shrimp Chile (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Chinook Salmon USA - Alaska - Specified Regions (MSC) Gillnet OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Chum Salmon        Russia - Kamchatka Peninsula (MSC)  Beach Seine OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Pound Net OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
USA - Alaska - Specified Regions (MSC) Gillnet OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Russia - Iturup Island (MSC)  Boat Seine OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Traps OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Russia - Karaginsky Gulf (MSC)   Set Gillnet OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Beach Seine OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Pound Net OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Coho Salmon   Russia - Kamchatka Peninsula (MSC)  Beach Seine OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Pound Net OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
USA - Alaska - Specified Regions (MSC) Gillnet OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Colorado Langostino Lobster Chile (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Common Octopus               Mauritania   Jig OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Pots OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Bottom Trawls OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Morocco   Jig OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Pots OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Bottom Trawls OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Senegal   Bottom Trawls OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Jig OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Pots OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Portugal   Bottom Trawls OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Pots OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Traps OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Spain   Bottom Trawls OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Pots OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Traps OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Common Sole English Channel (MSC) Trammel Net OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Deep-Water Cape Hake  Namibia (MSC)  Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Bottom Trawls OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Dolphinfish                     Atlantic Ocean - East Purse Seine - Floating Object OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - West  Purse Seine - Floating Object OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Trolling Lines OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Pacific Ocean - East Central  Purse Seine - Floating Object OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Purse Seine - Unassociated OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - Northeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - Southeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Northeast (excluding US-caught) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Northwest (excluding US-caught) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Southeast (excluding US-caught) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Southwest (excluding US-caught) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Atlantic (and adjacent areas)  Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Gulf of Mexico Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - North Atlantic Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
USA - Hawaii (Eastern Central Pacific)   Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Trolling Lines OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Shallow-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
USA - Hawaii (Eastern Pacific, including vessels landing in California) Deep-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Western Central Pacific)  Deep-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Shallow-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
USA - Northwest Atlantic Trolling Lines OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Eurasian Perch Russia - Irikla Reservoir (MSC) Gillnet OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
European Plaice  North Sea (MSC)  Pair Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
European Sprat Herring North Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Flathead Sole  USA - Alaska - Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
USA - Alaska - Gulf of Alaska (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Giant Scallop United Kingdom - Scotland - Shetland (MSC) Dredge OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Giant Perch Vietnam Marine Net Pen OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Greater Argentine Faroe Islands (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Greenland Turbot   Canada - Gulf of St. Lawrence (MSC) Gillnets and Entangling Nets OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Canada - Atlantic (MSC)  Gillnet OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Bottom Trawl OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Haddock      USA - Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank (MSC) Otter Trawl OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Norway - Norwegian Sea (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Barents and Norwegian Sea (MSC)  Longline OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Arctic Ocean - Northeast (MSC) Otter Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Barents Sea (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Hogfish  USA - South Carolina Hand Implements OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
USA - Florida (Gulf of Mexico) Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Lesser Sand-Eel North Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Lumpfish Greenland (MSC) Gillnet OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Northern Pike Canada - Waterhen Lake (MSC) Gillnet OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Northern Rock Sole  USA - Alaska - Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
USA - Alaska - Gulf of Alaska (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Northern Shrimp   Norway - Skagerrak and Norwegian Deep (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Canada - Scotian Shelf (MSC) Traps OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Denmark - Skagerrak and Norwegian Deep (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Norway Pout Cod  North Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Norway - North Sea (MSC) Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Ocean Quahog Clam  USA - Atlantic (MSC) Boat Dredge OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
USA - Northwest Atlantic Dredge OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Opah  USA - Hawaii (including vessels landing in California) Deep-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Western Central Pacific) Deep-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Orange Roughy New Zealand (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Pacific Cod         Russia - West Bering Sea (MSC) Longline OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
USA - Alaska - Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (MSC)    Longline OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Trolling Lines OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Pots OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Bottom Trawl OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
USA - Alaska - Gulf of Alaska (MSC)    Longline OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Trolling Lines OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Pots OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Bottom Trawl OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Pacific Halibut  USA - North Pacific (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Russia - West Bering Sea (MSC) Longline OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Pacific Oyster Japan (MSC) Off-Bottom Culture OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Pink Salmon          Russia - Sea of Okhotsk (MSC)   Set Gillnet OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Beach Seine OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Pound Net OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Russia - Kamchatka Peninsula (MSC)  Beach Seine OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Pound Net OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
USA - Alaska - Specified Regions (MSC) Gillnet OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Russia - Iturup Island (MSC) Seine Net OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Russia - Karaginsky Gulf (MSC)   Set Gillnet OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Beach Seine OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Pound Net OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Pollock   Faroe Islands (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Atlantic Ocean - Northeast (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Arctic Ocean - Northeast (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Porbeagle Shark Canada - Atlantic Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Rainbow Trout      USA - Washington (Chehalis River) Gillnets and Entangling Nets OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
USA - Washington (Hoh River) Gillnets and Entangling Nets OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
USA - Washington (Humptulips River) Gillnets and Entangling Nets OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
USA - Washington (Queets River) Gillnets and Entangling Nets OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
USA - Washington (Quillayute River) Gillnets and Entangling Nets OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
USA - Washington (Quinault River) Gillnets and Entangling Nets OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Red Hake USA - Mid-Atlantic Bottom Trawls OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Rex Sole  USA - Alaska - Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
USA - Alaska - Gulf of Alaska (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Sablefish  USA - North Pacific (MSC)  Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Pots OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Scallop spp.  Worldwide  On-Bottom Culture OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Off-Bottom Culture OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Seaweed spp. Worldwide Off-Bottom Culture OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Shortbill Spearfish    USA - Hawaii (Eastern Central Pacific) Shallow-Set Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Western Central Pacific)  Shallow-Set Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Deep-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (including vessels landing in California) Deep-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Shortfin Mako Shark             Indian Ocean - Antarctic Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Indian Ocean  Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Indian Ocean (Tropical tuna fishery) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Northeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Northwest Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Southeast  Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Southwest Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Canada - Atlantic Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Atlantic Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Eastern Central Pacific) Shallow-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
USA - Hawaii (including vessels landing in California) Deep-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Western Central Pacific)  Deep-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Shallow-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Sickle Pomfret  USA - Hawaii (including vessels landing in California) Deep-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Western Central Pacific) Deep-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Silky Shark    Pacific Ocean - East Central Purse Seine - Floating Object OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - Northeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - Southeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Sri Lanka - Eastern Indian Ocean Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Silver Hake USA - Northwest Atlantic Bottom Trawl OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Skipjack Tuna                                   Indian Ocean     Gillnets and Entangling Nets OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Purse Seine - Floating Object OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Trolling Lines OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Purse Seine - Unassociated OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - East    Purse Seine - Floating Object OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Trolling Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Purse Seine - Unassociated OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - East Central   Purse Seine - Dolphin Set OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Purse Seine - Floating Object OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Purse Seine - Unassociated OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - West    Purse Seine - Floating Object OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Trolling Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Purse Seine - Unassociated OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (including vessels landing in California) Deep-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Western Central Pacific) Deep-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - Southeast  Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Trolling Lines OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Indonesia (MSC)  Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Hook and Line OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Japan (MSC)   Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Handlines and Mechanized Pole-and-Lines OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Maldives (MSC) Hook and Line OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Solomon Islands (MSC)  Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
New Zealand (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Parties to the Nauru Agreement (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Papua New Guinea (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Mexico (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - West Central (MSC)  Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Purse Seine - Unassociated  OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Indian Ocean (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Snow Crab Canada - Newfoundland & Labrador (MSC) Pots OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Sockeye Salmon   USA - Alaska - Specific Regions (MSC) Gillnet OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Russia - Kamchatka Peninsula (MSC)  Beach Seine OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Pound Net OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Southern Bluefin Tuna  Indian Ocean Drifting Longlines OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Indian Ocean - Antarctic Drifting Longlines OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Southern Hake  Chile (MSC)  Longline OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Southern King Crab Argentina Pots OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Southern Rock Sole  USA - Alaska - Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
USA - Alaska - Gulf of Alaska (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Spiny Dogfish Shark  USA - Atlantic (MSC)  Gillnet OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Bottom Trawl OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Squirefish Snapper            New Zealand (SNA1)  Gillnet OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Beach Seine OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
New Zealand (SNA2)   Gillnet OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Longline OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Beach Seine OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
New Zealand (SNA7)    Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Bottom Trawl OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Gillnet OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Beach Seine OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
New Zealand (SNA8)   Danish Seine OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Bottom Trawl OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Gillnet OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Striped Marlin  USA - Hawaii (including vessels landing in California) Deep-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Western Central Pacific) Deep-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Swordfish                          Indian Ocean - Antarctic Drifting Longlines OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - Northeast Drifting Longlines OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - Southeast Drifting Longlines OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Indian Ocean (Tropical tuna fishery) Drifting Longlines OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Indian Ocean Drifting Longlines OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Eastern Central Pacific) Shallow-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
USA - Hawaii (Western Central Pacific) Shallow-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Mediterranean Sea Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Northeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - North Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Atlantic Ocean - Northwest (excluding US-caught) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Southeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - South  Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Trolling Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Southwest Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Canada - Northwest Atlantic  Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Harpoon OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
USA - Gulf of Mexico Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Northwest Atlantic   Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Harpoon OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Sri Lanka - Eastern Indian Ocean Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Australia (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Canada - Atlantic (MSC)  Harpoon OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
USA - North Atlantic (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Thread Herring Mexico - Gulf of California (MSC) Purse Seine OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Vendace  Bothnian Bay (MSC)  Bottom Trawls OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Pair Trawls OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Venus Striped Clam Italy - Venice (MSC) Dredge OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Wahoo           Atlantic Ocean - East Purse Seine - Floating Object OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - West Purse Seine - Floating Object OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - East Central Purse Seine - Floating Object OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Atlantic (and adjacent areas) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Gulf of Mexico Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Atlantic  Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Trolling Lines OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
USA - Hawaii (Eastern Central Pacific)  Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Trolling Lines OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
USA - Hawaii (Eastern Pacific, including vessels landing in California) Deep-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Western Central Pacific) Deep-Set Longline OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Walleye  USA - Lake Erie (Ohio) (MSC) Gillnet OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Canada - Waterhen Lake (MSC) Gillnet OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Walleye Pollock  Russia - Sea of Okhotsk (MSC)  Danish Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Midwater Trawl OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Western Australian Common Octopus Australia - Western Australia (MSC) Traps OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Whiteleg Shrimp  Mexico Ponds OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Ecuador Semi-Intensive Ponds OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Winter Skate  USA - Atlantic (MSC)  Bottom Trawl OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Gillnet OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Yellow Perch  USA - Lake Erie (Ohio) (MSC)  Gillnet OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Traps OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Yellowfin Tuna                                                    Indian Ocean     Gillnets and Entangling Nets OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Purse Seine - Floating Object OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Trolling Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Purse Seine - Unassociated OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Indian Ocean (Tropical tuna fishery) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - East    Purse Seine - Floating Object OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Trolling Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Purse Seine - Unassociated OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Northeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Northwest (excluding US-caught) Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - West    Purse Seine - Floating Object OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Trolling Lines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Purse Seine - Unassociated OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Southeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - Southwest Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - East Central   Purse Seine - Dolphin Set OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Purse Seine - Floating Object OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Purse Seine - Unassociated OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - Northeast Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Pacific Ocean - Southeast   Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Trolling Lines OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Canada - Northwest Atlantic Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Gulf of Mexico Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Northwest Atlantic Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Eastern Pacific, including vessels landing in California) Deep-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
USA - Hawaii (Western Central Pacific) Deep-Set Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
USA - North Atlantic (MSC)  Hook and Line OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Mexico (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Fiji (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
American Samoa (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Parties to the Nauru Agreement (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Papua New Guinea (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Marshall Islands (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Solomon Islands (MSC)   Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Cook Islands (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
French Polynesia (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Kiribati (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Australia (MSC) Longline OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Indonesia (MSC)  Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole-and-Lines OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Hook and Line OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Pacific Ocean - West Central (MSC)   Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Purse Seine - Unassociated OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Longline OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean - East (MSC) Purse Seine - Dolphin Set  OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Sri Lanka - Eastern Indian Ocean Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Yellowtail Flounder Canada - Grand Bank (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Zander Perch Russia - Irikla Reservoir (MSC) Gillnet OW-Avoid OW - Recommended

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March 2021

There are no Ocean Wise updates for March 2021.

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February 2021

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January 2021

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Species Updates (Year to Date)

 

Billfish - Shark - Swordfish

  • Blue Marlin
  • Blue Shark
  • Porbeagle Shark
  • Shortbill Spearfish
  • Shortfin Mako Shark
  • Silky Shark
  • Spiny Dogfish Shark
  • Striped Marlin
  • Swordfish

Catfish - Pangasius

  • Norway Pout Cod

Clams

  • Atlantic Surf
  • Ocean Quahog
  • Venus Striped

Crab

  • Blue
  • Snow
  • Southern King

Cod - Haddock

  • Atlantic Cod
  • Haddock
  • Pacific Cod

Flounder - Sole

  • Arrowtooth Flounder
  • Common Sole
  • Flathead Sole
  • Northern Rock Sole
  • Rex Sole
  • Southern Rock Sole
  • Yellowtail Flounder
  • Zander Perch

Grouper - Snapper

  • Eurasian
  • Hogfish
  • Squirefish Snapper

Halibut

  • Eurasian Halibut
  • Greenland Turbot
  • Pacific Halibut

Hake - Hoki - Whiting

  • Blue Whiting
  • Cape Hake
  • Deep-Water Cape Hake
  • Red Hake
  • Silver Hake
  • Southern Hake

Herring - Sardines - Smelt

  • Atlantic Herring
  • Atlantic Menhaden
  • European Sprat Herring
  • Greater Argentine
  • Thread Herring

Krill

  • Antarctic

Lobster

  • American
  • Blue Squat

Mackerel - Jacks - Pompano

  • Atlantic Mackerel

Mussels

  • Blue

Octopus

  • Common
  • Western Australian Common

Oysters

  • American Cupped
  • Pacific

Perch

  • Eurasian
  • Giant
  • Yellow

Plaice

  • European

Pollock

  • Pollock spp.
  • Walleye Pollock

Rays - Skates

  • Winter Skate

Rockfish

  • Acadian Redfish

Salmon

  • Atlantic
  • Chinook
  • Chum
  • Coho
  • Pink
  • Sockeye

Scallops

  • Giant
  • Scallop spp.

Seaweed

  • Seaweed spp.

Shrimps - Prawns

  • Atlantic Seabob Shrimp
  • Chilean Nylon Shrimp
  • Northern Shrimp
  • Whiteleg Shrimp

Squid

  • Jumbo

Trout

  • Rainbow

Tuna

  • Albacore
  • Atlantic Bluefin
  • Bigeye
  • Blackfin
  • Skipjack
  • Southern Bluefin
  • Yellowfin

Whitefish

  • Vendace

Other Finfish

  • Dolphinfish
  • Lesser Sand-Eel
  • Lumpfish
  • Northern Pike
  • Opah
  • Orange Roughy
  • Sablefish
  • Sickle Pomfret
  • Wahoo
  • Walleye