Responsible Sourcing

Responsible Sourcing - Committed To Seafood Sustainability

Introduction to Sustainability Rankings
How We Classify Responsibly Sourced Seafood
Seafood Product Guide with Sustainabilty Rankings


The seafood industry has gone through an industrial revolution over the last several decades and there is little doubt that current rates of exploitation are not sustainable. As a family owned business since 1939 we have always attempted to source our products responsibly. Our responsible sourcing program is committed to educating and moving Santa Monica Seafood, its vendors and customers towards offering more sustainable options, increasing community understanding on environmental responsibility and being an agent of change in the seafood industry.

Fast Facts

  • We were the first seafood distributor to enter into a formal partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium; working with them to apply their rankings to our inventory (updated quarterly). We are actively participating in helping develop their research prioritization and scope of assessments and work closely with them on events and educational opportunities.
  • We created the first and only Responsible Sourcing Vendor Program wherein we apply a percentage of our annual seafood purchases towards financially supporting fishery, food safety and education programs around the world and towards qualifying and verifying suppliers who share our commitment to food safety, supply integrity and sustainable practices.
  • We are the first and only seafood distributor to include a sustainability ranking on all customer invoices based on the level of sustainability of each product purchased, along with a weighted average GPA for all the products purchased to help you monitor the level of sustainability in your seafood purchases.

How do Santa Monica Seafood’s business practices benefit our customers?

We are the only seafood distributor to offer you seafood choices which are certified sustainable or, lacking that, are at the very least on the path toward sustainability and we actively encourage you to select from our listing of suggested substitutes for products that have a Red or Avoid rating from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 

By making Santa Monica Seafood your seafood provider of choice, you will be affiliated with a company who believes in and supports:

  • Environmental responsibility
  • Animal welfare
  • Stock management
  • Food safety
  • Responsible sourcing
  • Sustainable practices

We are proud to be at the forefront of economic integrity issues regarding species substitution, adulteration and weights and measures -- all in an effort to provide you the finest seafood available while helping to protect the health of ocean wildlife and ecosystems throughout the world.

We look forward to being your seafood supplier.


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