Seafood Watch plugs MSC, ASC-certified products

Seafood Watch, a Monterey Bay Aquarium program that promotes consumer awareness in the seafood industry, announced today that it will now recommend seafood carrying the mark of other well-known sustainability programs.

According to a statement from the aquarium, the program will now list on its “buy” list certain seafood species that bear the stamp of approval from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), NaturLand, Canada Organic, and Friend of the Sea. All of the organizations assess seafood producers and processors, granting certification to all that meet their standards of sustainability.

The organizations’ certification programs will augment the work Seafood Watch already does to assess seafood producers.

“We wanted to help our business partners, and to eliminate redundancies so we’re not duplicating research into fisheries and fish-farming operations that have already been assessed under robust eco-certification programs,” said Dr. Tom Pickerell, senior science manager for Seafood Watch. “It’s our hope that the findings from our benchmarking work will also be used by standard setters and eco-certification programs that didn’t earn a ‘buy’ recommendation this time around to improve their standards so we can defer to them in the future.”


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