Working Groups

Sustainable Seafood Working Group

Mission of the Sustainable Seafood LA Working Group

The Sustainable Seafood LA Working Group is a collaborative effort between nonprofit organizations focused on environmental and food systems issues, local aquariums, businesses in the food industry, and aquaponic farmers.  Below are tools developed by Sustainable Seafood LA that provide information for consumers who would like to support sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

Sustainable Seafood Solutions: Tools for Making Informed Seafood Choices

Click here to download or see below for an extensive list of sustainable seafood resources compiled for the panel discussion “Sustainable Seafood Solutions” on February 27, 2014. Resources include action steps for consumers to support sustainable, responsibly-managed fisheries and aquaculture, as well as links to sustainable seafood guides, retail sources for local seafood, and fisheries management and seafood certification programs.

Sustainable Seafood Actions:

What can you do as an individual to promote sustainable, responsibly-managed fisheries and aquaculture?

  • Use a seafood guideto make choices that reflect current knowledge of fisheries management, aquaculture production method, and environmental impact.
  • Look for a certified sustainable labelat the market on both wild and farmed seafood. Country of origin is also important.  U.S. fisheries are among the best managed in the world, yet we import more than 90% of our seafood, often from countries with few regulations.
  • Ask where your seafood comes from and how it was caughtwhen you dine at restaurants. Chefs can be excellent leaders in sourcing sustainable fish, and you can influence the choices they make about what to serve.
  • Diversify your fish selections.Branch out from salmon, tuna, and shrimp and experiment with local fish, responsibly-farmed fish, and fish lower on the “fish chain” such as sardines or mackerel.

Sustainable Seafood Guides & Information:

Sustainable Seafood Sources – Local & Beyond:

Sustainable Seafood Sources – Local & Beyond (cont.):

Sustainable Seafood Certification & Improvement Projects:

Fisheries Management and Policy:

Sustainable Seafood L.A. Supporters:

The Bay Foundation (TBF) encourages everyone to use a seafood guide, look for “product of the USA” on the label when at the store, and always ask where a fish came from and how it was caught when eating out.  For our part, TBF’s 360 Fisheries Project will continue our science-based work with commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen, scientists, and managers to ensure that seafood caught around Los Angeles is sustainably harvested, is safe to eat, and can support a resilient commercial fishing industry, as well as thriving recreational fishing and diving activities.  Information about current and past projects are on our website at

Heal the Bay is actively working to advance sustainable seafood initiatives through science, education, community action, and advocacy as an organization committed to making southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean.  Our scientists advance sustainable seafood in California through a variety of projects, including serving on advisory boards for the Ocean Protection Council California Sustainable Seafood Initiative and Department of Fish and Wildlife spiny lobster fishery management plan development process.  We helped create Southern California’s marine protected areas and are actively involved in monitoring these underwater parks.  Our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium offers a place to learn about local ocean wildlife and sustainable seafood, where we partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program to educate visitors, teachers, and students about sustainable seafood choices.

Seafood for the Future is the Aquarium of the Pacific’s nonprofit seafood advisory program.  We are building a network of concerned chefs, restaurants, distributors, fishermen, producers, and others to promote healthy and responsible seafood choices in Southern California.  Our recommendations are made using strict scientific criteria that ensures humans, fish populations, and the environment are all part of the equation.  Seafood for the Future includes well-managed, local fisheries and responsible aquaculture or fish farming as responsible seafood options.  U.S. fisheries are among the best managed in the world, yet we are importing more than 90% of our seafood, much of it from areas with few if any regulations in place to manage their fishery resources.  It is essential that we diversify our palates and balance our heavy appetites for shrimp, tuna, and salmon with local sources of responsibly harvested seafood protein.  This balance also includes aquaculture.  Despite popular beliefs, not all fish farming operations are bad.  Responsibly produced aquaculture can produce high quality seafood with minimal environmental impacts.  Learn more at