Friend of the Sea Certified Sustainable: Seafood

This international third-party verified certification is for both farmed and wild seafood. Their standards are not well documented and it is hard to determine what they are or if they can be trusted.

Requires Verification/Inspection

FoodPrint Label Criteria

Wild or Farmed


Animal Feed Quality

Prohibits direct use of pest controls in feed
Prohibits genetically modified feed
Prohibits animal byproduct in feed
Optimizes fish in/fish out ratio
If used, fish meal certified sustainable
Prohibits synthetic coloring agents

Drug Use

Antibiotics prohibited
Prohibits hormones and other drugs*
Prohibits synthetic chemicals (pesticides, parasiticides and fungicides)

*Prophylactic use of drugs prohibited. Treatment for disease allowed.

Environmental Health and Food Safety

Prohibits open net pens
Requires pathogen testing
Requires contaminant testing (PCBs, mercury)

Fish and Ecosystem Welfare

Ensures optimal stocking densities*
Prohibits purse seine nets
Restricts incidental bycatch**
Minimizes disruption to ecosystem

*Some areas monitored

**Endangered species restricted


Tracking system in place for chain of custody
Tracking system in place for origin

Worker Welfare

Prohibits forced labor and human trafficking
Prohibits child labor
Fair/living wages ensured
Health protections

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