The Seafood Watch rankings are almost identical to the Sustainable Sushi rankings. Why is that?
The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has been providing consumers with sound scientific advice on their seafood choices for over five years. While there are certainly limitations to using a wallet card for an information dissemination device, Seafood Watch does an excellent job of educating the public on the issues involved with many of the species integral to the American seafood complex.
I am fortunate enough to have had first-hand experience with the Seafood Watch methodology. During the formative years of the Sustainable Sushi project, I worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium to research and draft several of the reports used by Seafood Watch on certain sushi-related species.
In general, Sustainable Sushi stands by the system used by Seafood Watch as a strong and precautionary system that honestly and accurately appraises the current seafood landscape. There are certainly issues that merit debate and room for improvement, but currently, I do not believe that a more comprehensive methodology for integrating environmentalism and science into the seafood industry exists. In fact, the great majority of the sustainability rankings used by Sustainable Sushi have been created by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.