Ocean Conservation Policy: Sustainable Seafood


Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Ocean Conservation Policy team works at the local, state, federal, and international levels to advance policies and management measures that protect the ocean for future generations, including policies to promote sustainable seafood. Pursuing the Aquarium’s vision of a future with a healthy ocean, the Policy team works to ensure that new laws, policies and other governmental actions support sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. 

Sustainable Seafood Policy Focus Areas

  • Improved traceability in the global seafood supply chain
  • Elimination of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing
  • Strengthening domestic and international fisheries management, including reauthorization of the U.S. Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and advocating for strong conservation measures at Regional Fisheries Management Organizations
  • Restoration and protection of vulnerable shark and bluefin tuna populations

Learn more about the Aquarium’s Ocean Conservation Policy program at its website.

Recent Policy Initiatives

  • Provided recommendations to the Obama Administration on development of a new U.S. seafood traceability program that will help combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, reduce seafood fraud, and promote sustainable seafood products in the marketplace.
  • Brought industry partners and conservation groups together to advocate for stronger international fisheries management measures and improved seafood traceability to track a seafood product from source to point of sale, and verifying its sustainability.
  • Advised Obama Administration and State of California on Seafood Watch sustainability standards, which have become the leading seafood sustainability standard in the U.S. marketplace and therefore relevant to evolving federal and state fishery and aquaculture management policies.
  • Participated as a member of the U.S. delegation to international fishery management forums in the Pacific to urge for additional conservation measures to recover Pacific bluefin tuna, which is at less than 4 percent of its historical population levels.
  • Sponsored California’s 2011 shark fin trade ban and helped successfully defend California’s ban against a federal preemption claim, and federal and state lawsuits.

Experts available for interviews