Commitments to action

Seafood Watch

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seafood Watch

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has been working to improve the sustainability of global fisheries and aquaculture for 20 years given the crucial role of seafood in providing essential nutrition and livelihoods worldwide. Sustainable production is critical to maintaining the fundamental services that healthy ocean, coastal and aquatic ecosystems play in preserving biodiversity, climate services, and cultural significance.

Essentially, our program has four facets.

  1. We leverage outreach tactics to create a market demand among consumers and businesses in the top seafood importing regions.
  2. We assess the environmental performance and social risk of global fisheries and aquaculture production and make this information publicly available to inform improvements and encourage uptake of our recommendations by stakeholder groups.
  3. For the fisheries and aquaculture operations most in need of improvement, we proactively mobilize stakeholders to drive improvements and build the capacity for success. This entails the development of partnerships among supply chain actors, from producers to end-buyers, regional civil society, governments, and experts from academia to tech to help tackle the issues at hand. These multi-stakeholder collaborations articulate and create incentives, including environmental, social, and governance goals, and inform the development of tools needed to identify specific improvements and verify those improvements for market access. It is worth noting these needs/projects are typically among the most globally traded seafood commodities and in many cases production is largely supplied by thousands of small-scale fishers and fish farmers in regions with weak governance.
  4. To meet these challenges, we work in partnership with the public and private sector to research and develop the information, tools, and platforms to hone in on the regionally specific needs of all participating stakeholders. It is not enough for our program to connect, inform and empower solutions.

We also work to ensure our interventions understand and ideally deliver the value that key stakeholder groups need to realize – be it economic, social, environmental, or cultural. To deploy these strategies successfully, global partnerships are essential. With replication of our program’s model at scale, we envision thriving and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture production – meeting global nutritional needs in balance with environmental and social health.


Civil society

Action Area(s)

Nourish All People
Boost Nature-Based Solutions of Production
Build Resilience to Vulnerabilities, Shocks, and Stresses
Advance Equitable Livelihoods, Decent Work, & Empowered Communities
Means of Implementation



Key contact

Ocean conservation, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, plastic pollution, climate change, Monterey Bay Aquarium
[email protected]





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