Seafood Watch claims wild steelhead harvested from the Olympic Peninsula are a “Good Alternative” and a sustainable fish choice. The data says otherwise. It’s time we speak up and tell Seafood Watch to take OP wild steelhead off the menu!
Watch our short video on the issue and then take action to let Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch know that wild steelhead should be taken off the menu!
Recently, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch – a guide for helping consumers make sustainable fish choices – designated wild steelhead from Washington’s coast as a sustainable fish choice, labeling it a “Good Alternative”. This designation means that increasingly threatened populations of wild steelhead can be sold nationwide in stores like Whole Foods Market as a sustainable fish choice. Nothing could be further from the truth.
For decades wild steelhead populations on famed Olympic Peninsula Rivers such as the Hoh, Queets, and Bogachiel have been returning at a fraction of historic abundance. Unfortunately, in recent years this decline has accelerated. With these wild steelhead on the verge of being listed under the Endangered Species Act, this designation could be the nail in the coffin for these iconic wild steelhead.