We are pleased to acknowledge Seafood Watch’s prompt response (via Twitter; September 24, 2017) in which it states it will amend its ‘Salmon’ advisory/incomplete ‘overview’ text:
This author had contended [September 18, 2017] that — from reading the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch’s [then] ‘Salmon’ recommendations overview — one could easily have been [mis]led to believe that almost all farmed salmon from e.g. Norway, Chile, Scotland is to be ‘no thanks’-avoided (Red-listed), as per its advisory.
However, this is/was NOT the case: Seafood Watch clearly states [since June 5, 2017] on its ‘Eco-certification’ tab that it “[…] recommends you purchase seafood from Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified salmon farms. […] We identified the ASC standard as equivalent to at least our yellow “Good Alternative” recommendation” [do also note the ‘at least‘ mention…].
We had highlighted that Seafood Watch salmon ‘overview’ recommendation text should be amended to ‘at least’ include a mention of ASC-certified salmon [the “unless it’s…” omits to include ASC-certified salmon]… This argument is/was all the more relevant since the number of ASC-certified marine net pen Atlantic salmon farms has grown substantially and is far from being negligible; with now ~600,000 tonnes of farmed salmon ASC-certified worldwide [precisely 209 farms representing a production capacity of 584,399t as of early September 2017]: a volume representing ~29% of all farmed Atlantic salmon and nearing the entire world supply of wild-caught salmon (including Alaska’s) – in 2016 GWE harvest terms.
Read also the article published (September 21, 2017) by SalmonBusiness.com, which highlighted this author’s views: “Seafood Watch program recommendations ‘misleading’, says editor”: http://salmonbusiness.com/seafood-watch-program-recommendations-misleading-says-editor/
Previously on SeafoodIntelligence.com:
- MISMATCH in Seafood Watch’s ‘Salmon’ recommendations: No mention/highlight of ASC-certified salmon being ‘at least’ equivalent to ‘good alternative’ in Overview September 21, 2017
- SEAFOOD Watch upgrades farmed Atl. salmon from BC but still RED-lists most of Chile, Scottish & Norwegian salmon & makes no mention of ASC-status… September 18, 2017
- “PROBLEMATIC”: SeaChoice rejects ranking of B.C. farmed salmon as “good alternative”; Transparency re. fish health quoted as being a major issue September 18, 2017
- YELLOW light: Seafood Watch program now recommends Atlantic salmon raised in British Columbia as a “good alternative” September 18, 2017