Responsible Sourcing Statement

Santa Monica Seafood sources all our seafood according to the following guidelines:

  • We are committed to staying informed  about all issues that impact the sustainability of our industry. We work closely with our suppliers, farmers and fishermen, scientists, policy-makers and other industry experts.
  • We ensure that we do not purchase seafood that is illegally caught and we comply fully with Country of Origin labeling requirements.
  • We operate with as much transparency as possible, and require the same of all of our suppliers.
  • We offer “certified sustainable” seafood options including Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certified products.
  • We focus on sourcing seafood that meets or exceeds globally recognized standards of sustainability. However we do not refuse to purchase “red listed” species, but instead work to engage with the issues and financially support related Fishery and Aquaculture Improvement Projects to move the industry towards a more sustainable future.  We recognize and reward producers that demonstrate they are actively working to improve. Our responsible sourcing/vendor partnership program (RSVP) and our involvement with Sea Pact demonstrate  our commitment to improving the sustainability of the seafood industry.
  • We maintain current ISO14001: 2004 certification  which recognizes that standards throughout our entire operation help continually reduce our environmental impact. We are required to make measurable improvements in areas like water use, energy use, recycling and fuel efficiency.
  • We are focused on continual education and training of our staffs, customers and colleagues.

If you have questions about specific seafood products, please don’t hesitate to ask. We also encourage you to learn about the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program if you’re looking for a sustainability ranking system.