What Does It Take to Accurately Certify Sustainable Seafood?

AquacultureOver the past decade, numerous seafood certification and eco-labeling programs have been developed to provide incentives for sustainable fisheries management, responsible aquaculture production, and responsible seafood purchasing.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published useful guidelines for seafood certification and a code of conduct for responsible fisheries. However these documents were not intended to be used as “standards” for farmed and wild seafood certification, and their use in this way by third parties has raised questions of credibility. A new report [PDF] by the Environmental Law Institute raises concerns about the potential misuse of FAO guidelines in seafood certification, and Pew has joined other environmental nongovernmental organizations (NGO) in supporting its findings.

Learn about our recommendations and what can be done to promote better certification. Read the NGO letter.