In an update to its Seafood Watch standards, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has announced that farmed salmon certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), has advanced in their sustainable seafood ranking to a ‘Good Alternative’. The updated recommendation reflect the fact that ASC-certified farmed salmon now meet Seafood Watch’s own standards for sustainable seafood production.
At present, nearly a quarter of all farmed salmon produced globally is ASC certified, and members of the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) are the main sources of ASC-certified farmed salmon.
Seafood Watch assesses impacts on marine and freshwater ecosystems of fisheries (wild-caught) and aquaculture (farming) operations. These assessments and calculations result in a Sustainable Seafood Guide that is updated biannually. Check out their current recommendations on Salmon.