Sustainable Seafood Resources
The term “sustainable seafood” describes seafood and fish that is harvested by using ecologically responsible methods.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is tasked with regulating ocean fishing in the U.S. through implementing the Sustainable Fisheries Act. All NOAA governed fisheries are required to have fishery management plans that are designed to result in sustainable fisheries.
Consumers who purchase seafood managed under a U.S. fishery management plan can be assured that the seafood meets 10 National Standards (nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa) that ensure fish stocks are maintained, overfishing is eliminated, and socioeconomic benefits to the U.S. are achieved.
When shopping for or ordering fish, ask your local seafood dealer or restaurant owner about the source and catch methods of your seafood choices. Consumer concern is a major promoter of sustainable fisheries.
Monterey Bay Aquarium - Seafood Watch Program – www.seafoodwatch.org
Monterey Bay’s seafood Watch Program makes recommendations on which seafood to buy and avoid. The program also assists consumers in selecting fish that is caught or farmed using environmentally responsible methods in order to achieve and maintain healthy and abundant oceans.
Good Fish – www.goodfishbook.com
Companion site to the book Good Fish. Contains how-to educational videos on pre-cooking seafood prep, plus a link to her friend’s blog, who cooked all 75 recipes in the Good Fish book, with notes and tips!!!
Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific–Seafood for the Future - www.aquariumofpacific.org/seafoodfuture
Seafood for the Future (SFF) is AOP’s non-profit seafood advisory program.
National Geographic – Sustainable Seafood – ocean.Nationalgeographic.com/ocean/
(When you arrive on this web page, find “Ocean Topics” on the right part of the screen and scroll down to and select Sustainable Seafood). Includes a seafood decision guide, advice on choosing “ocean-friendly substitutes to eat, tips from Chef Barton Seaver, plus his TED talk on sustainable Seafood, with transcript.
NOAA – Fish Watch – www.fishwatch.gov
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s comprehensive site focused on fish sustainability with sections on seafood profiles, farmed and wild caught seafood, choosing sustainable seafood, avoiding seafood fraud, and seafood safety in the kitchen during meal preparation.
NOAA Fisheries, Office of Sustainable Fisheries – www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa
The Office of Sustainable Fisheries manages fish stocks of commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries through communication with the Regional Fishery Management councils. The OSF also oversees the enforcement of catch limits, reports to Congress on the status of U.S. fisheries and publishes regulations and policies in the Federal Register.
SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD MOBILE APPS
Seafood Watch – Monterey Bay Aquarium
Seafood Finder – Marine Stewardship Council
FishLine: Fresh Local Seafood
Fish Phone – Blue Ocean Institute (provides ratings for Whole Foods)
Good Fish Guide – Marine Conservation Society (UK)
Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide
Discover these great resources at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium's Virginia Reid Moore Marine Research Library
American Catch: The fight for our local Seafood / Paul Greenberg. Penquin Books, 2014. SH221 .G74 2014
Fish Forever / Johnson, Paul. Wiley &Sons, 2007. TX747 .J63 2007
Fish Tales: stories & recipes from sustainable fisheries around the World / Bart van Olphen & Tom Kime. Kyle Books, 2010. TX747 .O444 2010
For Cod and Country / Seaver, Barton. TX747 .S376 2011
Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food / Paul Greenberg. Penguin Books, 2010. SH167 .S17 G74 2010
Good Fish: Sustainable Seafood recipes from the Pacific Coast / Selengut, Becky. TX747.S3793 2011
Overfishing: What everyone needs to know / Ray Hilborn. Oxford Univ. Press, 2012. SH329 .O94 H55 2012
The Perfect Protein / Andy Sharpless & Suzannah Evans. Oceana, 2013. SH136 .S88 S53 2013
Seagan Eating / Amy Cramer & Lisa McComesy. TarcherPerigee, 2016. TX747 .C79 2016
Two if by Sea / Barton Seaver. Sterling Epicure, 2016. TX747 .S376 2016
PERIODICALS / NEWS ARTICLES
Sustainability and Global Seafood. Martin D. Smith, et al. Science, Vol. 327, No. 5967, pp.784-786 (2010).
The Negri Foundation
Jeffrey P. Neu