Seafood helps to sustain billions of people across the globe, as both a food source and a source of income. But as the human population continues to grow, we are putting increased pressure on much of the world’s fish and seafood stock. It is currently estimated that over one third of the world’s assessed fisheries are pushed beyond their biological limits and are unsustainable. Choosing to eat sustainably sourced seafood is one of the most significant ways you can help address this threat. The Minnesota Zoo is committed to supporting sustainable seafood and freshwater choices to help protect our environment.

What is sustainable seafood?

Sustainable seafood is defined as seafood that is either wild caught or farm raised that cannot only sustain current populations, but thrive over the long term. The methods by which the seafood is harvested or raised must not cause undue harm to their natural ecosystems. The Minnesota Zoo strongly believes that embracing the use of sustainable seafood is one of the best ways we can all contribute to our oceans’ health.

Download the Seafood Watch Wallet Card

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program creates science-based recommendations that help consumers and businesses make ocean-friendly seafood choices. Download and carry one of these pocket guides with you and share it with others to help spread the word.
Seafood Watch Sustainable Seafood Guide 
Seafood Watch Sushi Guide

Seafood Watch Apps for Android and iPhone

Get up-to-date recommendations for ocean-friendly seafood and sushi with this app.

Helpful Links

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch
Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

This section is for chefs and seafood buyers. In the Tackle Box you will find all the tools needed to ensure that you make informed decisions when purchasing and sourcing sustainable seafood. Whether it is Fish Choice’s Sustainable Seafood calculator, Green Chefs, Blue Seas online training course, or a link to Seafood Watch ratings and wallet cards, this is the place you will find all the tools to be successful. “