Here are the answers to our most frequently

asked questions.


If you don’t see your question, or you wish to learn more:  check out our Links & Resources page or send us an email!



Q:  What is Green Catch?

A:  Green Catch is a sustainable seafood education program for middle school students.  It is easy to use, teach, and share both in and outside the classroom.  The package contains a variety of Seafood Watch materials, videos, worksheets, presentations, and handouts designed to expose and encourage students and their families to make informed and sustainable choices.


Q:  How can I get involved in Green Catch?

A:  Easy, teach Green Catch yourself!  Start a Green Catch outreach group!  Send us a Program Request to get started.


Q:  Who can teach Green Catch?

A:  Anyone!  If you are interested, then you can teach it.  The program is super user-friendly, and self-explanatory.  Teaching Green Catch is also a great excuse for high school or college students to reconnect with their old middle school!


Q:  Is Green Catch a California-specific program?

A:  No, not at all!  The ocean connects all of us; issues are not confined to political boundaries and we are all affected by the changes in the ocean.  Green Catch carries a universal message and I highly adaptable program.  Although a few of its materials highlight California or the United States as examples, this does not at all limit its ability to be taught wherever an advocate may wish.


Q:  What is sustainable seafood?

A:  Sustainable seafood is sourced in an environmentally and economically friendly way.  It is either wild-caught or farmed using methods that will allow the organism of focus, the other organisms impacted, and the surrounding environment to survive and reproduce for generations to come.  This maintains healthy stock levels that can be responsibly sourced for food purposes, allowing businesses and industries to prosper.


Q:  What is Seafood Watch?

A:   Seafood Watch is a Monterey Bay Aquarium program that helps consumers and businesses make choices for healthy oceans. The program raises consumer awareness through their pocket guides, website, mobile applications and outreach efforts.  It encourages restaurants, distributors and seafood purveyors to purchase from sustainable sources.


Q:  What can I do to encourage sustainable seafood practices?

A:  Eat and buy sustainable seafood, ask questions about the seafood offered when you go to a restaurant.  Teach Green Catch!  Like and share our and other conservation organizations’ Facebook pages.  Share your sustainability knowledge with your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and local businesses.  Distribute Seafood Watch Pocket Guides.  Organize a screening of a sustainability documentary.  Ask local stores and restaurants to stop selling/serving non-sustainable seafood.  Write letters to government officials.  Gather signatures for the Restaurant Accountability legislative petition.  Vote in support of sustainability measures.  Basically, make sustainable choices and spread the word about sustainability; the more people that know, the more progress we will make!


Q:  How can I get more involved in / learn more about sustainable seafood?

A:  Check out our Links & Resources page!  It’s full of helpful and informative sites dedicated to a wide range of sustainability topics.


Q:  I don’t eat seafood, so why should I care about sustainable seafood?

A:  If you eat cookies, use shampoo, or enjoy arts and craft projects, you should care!  All of these products (and more) frequently contain thickening or binding agent ingredients that come from the ocean such as fish gelatin or seaweed.  Remember the Earth is one giant interacting network of ecosystems; a shift in one area affects all the other areas, too.  Thus, even if you do not live next to the ocean or eat seafood, you still affect, and are affected by, the ocean and sustainable seafood issues.