Sustainable Seafood Guides methodology
For wild-capture fisheries, this includes scientific information on the status of the stock or vulnerability of the species to fishing pressure, along with environmental impacts of the fishing gear used and the effectiveness of the fishery management to ensure environmental sustainability.
For farmed species, the methodology looks at the use of resources such as water, energy and feed, the impacts that a specific aquaculture production system has on the surrounding environment, wildlife and communities, and the applicable management framework.
Fisheries and aquaculture experts conduct assessments of fisheries and aquacultures pursuant to these methodologies, making use of publicly available scientific data and documents to assess the environmental sustainability of seafood origins.
For further explanation of the methodologies and the assessments, please read our methodology explanations for wild capture fisheries.
However, all guides use recommendations from a shared pool of WWF assessments and therefore provide consumers with the same recommendations for the same seafood species.
Please also note that due to individual publication cycles, some guides may be updated more quickly than others. In case of any discrepancy, please check the publication date or contact your local office for further information.
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Yet the solutions are in our hands, because the seafood you choose can determine whether tomorrow’s generations will continue to enjoy the oceans’ riches. Check out WWF's seafood guides and remember also to look for seafood products that carry either the MSC or ASC eco-labels.