The Good Food Guild celebrates the sustainable food movement at sea with our preserved fish category. Now the catch from our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams has a platform all its own, with help from Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® and Fish Revolution. From salmon rillettes to jarred oysters and trout roe, we’re proud to cast our net wider into the responsible fishing community.
The Good Food Guild relies on the expertise of the fish community to develop, revise and set standards for the category. As fisheries and canneries evolve, so do our standards. Read on to learn what those standards are and meet the preserved fish crafters of the Good Food Guild.
In order to join the Good Food Guild, fish companies must meet the following standards for at least 50% of their product line:
- Caught or farmed in US waters.
- Processed and handcrafted in the USA or US territories.
- Free of artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors and preservatives.
- All ingredients, animal or otherwise, must be sustainably sourced, traceable, non- GMO, and wherever possible grown without the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers.*
- Caught or farmed with respect and fair compensation for everyone working on the vessel, farm and in the kitchen.
- Made with fish or shellfish from well-managed, environmentally responsible fisheries and farms. Farmed finfish must be from land-based facilities, and fed a non-GMO diet free of animal by-products.
- All wild caught or farmed fish must be rated “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch®.**
- Swordfish must be caught in US waters using harpoons, handlines or deep-set buoy gear only.
Many thanks to our friends at Monterey Bay Seafood Watch® and Fish Revolution for their assistance in developing our criteria.
*If less than 2% of ingredients in the product do not meet this stipulation, the product will not be disqualified.
** The Good Food Foundation will refer to Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® Guiding Principles should there be any question as to eligibility based on these criteria. Species that are not rated by Seafood Watch will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any eligibility questions.