2022 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. Ratings updates from 2021 can be found here.

 


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April

 

Species Name Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Atlantic Sturgeon Canada - St. Lawrence River Estuary Set Gillnet OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Bigeye Tuna   Pacific Ocean - South (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Indian Ocean (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Blue King Crab Russia - Sea of Okhotsk (MSC) Traps OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Golden King Crab Russia - Sea of Okhotsk (MSC) Traps OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Lake Sturgeon Canada - St. Lawrence River Estuary  Set Gillnet OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Lake Whitefish Canada - Lake Winnipegosis Set Gillnet OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Red King Crab Russia - Sea of Okhotsk (MSC) Traps OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Skipjack Tuna Pacific Ocean - South (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Indian Ocean (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Southern Australian Scallop Australia - Bass Strait (MSC) Dredge OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
White Hake USA - Northwest Atlantic Longline OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Yellow Perch Canada - Lake Manitoba Set Gillnet OW-Avoid OW - Unknown
Yellowfin Tuna Pacific Ocean - South (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Indian Ocean (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Atlantic Ocean (MSC) Purse Seine OW - Unknown OW-Avoid

 


 

March

 

Species Name Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Pacific Herring Canada - British Columbia Purse Seine OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Gillnet OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Southern King Crab Argentina (MSC) Traps OW - Unknown OW-Avoid
Walleye Pollock Russia - Sea of Okhotsk (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW - Unknown OW - Recommended

 


 

January/February

 

Species Name Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Blueline Tilefish USA - West Central Atlantic Longline OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
USA - West Central Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico Handline OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Deepsea Red Crab USA - Northwest Atlantic Traps OW - Recommended OW - Unknown
Patagonian Toothfish Australia - Heard Island and McDonald Islands (MSC) Traps OW - Unknown OW - Recommended
Pollock France (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Sharks (All spp.) Hawaii Wild-caught OW - Unknown OW-Avoid