Go Sustainable. Eat GREEN.

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Santa Monica Seafood is a founding member of Sea Pact, an international organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of seafood’s future.

Our mission is to provide the highest quality and selection of seafood products at fair and reasonable prices while recognizing the importance of conservation and maintenance of a healthy environment.

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We are proud to be at the forefront of economic integrity issues regarding species substitution, adulteration, weights and measures. We take a zero-tolerance approach to seafood fraud, and only work with reputable purveyors that have passed a rigorous inspection process.  Periodic DNA testing ensures that we’re always offering exactly what you get.

Santa Monica Seafood’s commitment to seafood sustainability is verified by both its relationships and initiatives. We are the first seafood distributor to enter into a formal partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) – a leader in the global sustainable seafood movement. Through MBA’s Seafood Watch Program, they have created guiding principles coded by colors to help consumers shop more sustainable.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the three pillars of sustainability from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s website!



Look for this tag inside our Seafood Case!

GREEN (Best Choice): Buy first; they’re well managed and caught or farmed responsibly.

Seafood rated a Best Choice comes from sources that operate in a manner that’s consistent with MBA’s guiding principles.  The seafood is caught or farmed in ways that cause little or no harm to other wildlife or the environment, and they’re managed well.

Here’s a small list of green rated Best Choice items we carry at our Markets:

  • Alaskan Cod
  • Arctic Char
  • Clams
  • European Sea Bass
  • Oysters
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Rockfish
  • Sablefish
  • Scallops
  • Sole
  • Wild Salmon

YELLOW (Good Alternative): Buy, but be aware there are concerns with how they’re caught, farmed or managed.
Seafood rated a Good Alternative comes from sources that align with most of MBA’s guiding principles.  However, there may be issues that require improvement or significant uncertainty about the impacts on wildlife or the environment.

RED (Avoid): Take a pass on these for now; they’re overfished, lack strong management or are caught or farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment.

Seafood rated an Avoid comes from sources that don’t align with MBA’s guiding principles. The seafood is caught or farmed in ways that have a high risk of causing harm to wildlife or the environment. There’s a critical conservation concern, or many issues need substantial improvement.

This month, we encourage our customers to shop green. Our Seafood Specialists are here and ready to answer any questions you may have and can even provide you great recommendations on which seafood choices you should make.

Stop by today!

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