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Seafood Watch recommendations help you choose ocean-friendly seafood at your favorite restaurants and stores. Our redesigned app makes it easier than ever to get the latest recommendations for seafood and sushi, learn more about the seafood you eat, and locate or share businesses that serve sustainable seafood.

- Get free, up-to-date seafood recommendations
- Search for seafood quickly and easily by common market name
- Search for sushi by Japanese name as well as common market name
- Locate restaurants and stores that serve ocean-friendly seafood
- Access in-depth conservation notes

What’s New

Version 5.3

-Enhanced Search Improvements
-Performance Improvements

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 Ratings

kearena ,

Dead ends

I don’t understand the other complaints about info that grocery stores or restaurants don’t have. If they don’t know how their fish is sourced you shouldn’t shop there! The info provided to choose sustainable seafood is basic stuff.

But the app... ugh. Too many parts that dead end. One example: it offers downloading the chart (which I used to have in paper copy but lost in a move), which would be useful when WiFi isn’t available. But you get the image and there’s no way to download and no way back. Only option: close app. Closing app is not a good app option, shall I say unappetizing?
Another example, nothing in my area for where to buy sustainable fish. When I clicked on how to be a part of the system, for vendors, to give info to local fishmongers, the app again got stuck.
Methinks you need better programmers for more seamless functionality.
I just downloaded the app today and these were 2 of the 3 things I looked at... an inauspicious start, I must say.

Also... can you be less “west coast” please? There’s a whole world out there where we buy seafood.

ShoGun1982 ,

Fairly Useful

I agree with many users that unless you can afford to shop in one of the higher-end chains, the most you’ll be able to find out from your local supermarket is the country of origin, which isn’t always enough to find the exact rating on this app. (And for those who say, “Well don’t shop there!” perhaps you could show a bit more empathy for your fellow human beings who aren’t as economically advantages as you. Sustainable eating shouldn’t be the exclusive domain of the well-off.) That said, I don’t think the app warrants all these 1-3 star ratings. It’s not the app’s fault that great variation in sustainability exist even within a single geopolitical unit. While fresh seafood may not come with all the details you need, you can still make informed decisions about some types of seafood to avoid (e.g., pretty much all bluefin tuna). It’s certainly better than nothing. Oddly enough, frozen, packaged seafood may offer more details as the industry is incentivized to label packaging with all the certifications they can qualify for. So that’s also an option, especially since a lot of seafood at the supermarket counter is previously frosted anyway (though I much prefer the flavor of truly fresh seafood).

beckycarr100 ,

This app is not for real people living in the real world

Most fish in grocery stores doesn't have the level of information on the label that the app specifies, nor do most restaurant menus. The list I downloaded from your website a few years ago was much more useful. I was looking for an update, but this app is overwhelming in its specificity of information that I can't verify when I'm buying fish. Why not tell me which brands and restaurant chains are better or worse. I just wanted to know if wild Alaska salmon is still ok and what kind of canned tuna is ok or to be avoided, but I'm no better off than before I looked at the app. This app is apparently designed for wealthy foodies, not for ordinary consumers trying to make better choices. By the way, Apple, you dumped my whole review when my nickname was already taken. Why don't you tell me to pick a different nickname BEFORE I type a whole paragraph with one finger?!


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Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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