Seafood for the Future


Sauteed scallops on a plate Mussels on a line Boats at Belford Fishing Dock Lagoon Aerial view of salmon farm
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Longlines are used for mussel aquaculture NOAA
© Marine Harvest
© Laurie Jackson
© Marine Harvest

Seafood for the Future is the Aquarium of the Pacific's nonprofit seafood advisory program.

Seafood for the Future’s mission is to promote and support a healthy and responsible seafood supply.

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future (SFF) program provides science-based information about seafood and its role in the global food supply to help businesses and consumers make informed seafood choices. We are able to leverage the Aquarium’s strong history of bringing together experts from diverse disciplines to develop resources to provide up-to-date information. Program collaborators include: scientists, fishermen, fish farmers, government and nonprofit organizations, suppliers, chefs, and others.

Meeting the demand

The world population is expected to exceed nine billion by 2050. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that food production will have to increase by 70 percent to meet the growing demand, while adapting to climate change and combating global hunger and poverty. Currently, more than half of the ice-free land has been modified for human use, the majority of which is used for agriculture. Agriculture production accounts for more than 70 percent of all fresh water resource use. Despite this, more than 800 million people are chronically undernourished. The ocean covers more than two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, yet wild fisheries and a small marine aquaculture sector produce less than 2 percent of the global food supply. Seafood is a healthy protein source that has great potential to meet the burgeoning need for protein-rich foods while reducing environmental impact.

A Note on Funding
Seafood for the Future is a program of the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific that relies on outside funding to maintain and further its efforts to promote healthy and responsible seafood. Any funds and/or sponsorships given to the program have no bearing on the scientific decision-making process on issues of sustainability for Seafood for the Future.


Choose local!

Buying local, well-managed seafood is a great (and easy) way to support a healthy planet and local communities.