Alternative Choices

Seafood Substitutions

Make the shift to ocean-friendly seafood with help from SeaChoice’s alternative recommendations. Try these “Best Choice” alternatives when a recipe calls for an unsustainable choice or instead of your favourite red or yellow-listed species.


Avoid this:

Try this Alternative:


Atlantic Salmon

Closed containment Atlantic Farmed Salmon, Farmed Arctic Char

Chilean Sea Bass

Pacific Halibut or Lingcod

Atlantic Cod

Pacific Cod or B.C. Sablefish

Atlantic Halibut

 Pacific Halibut or Lingcod


Canadian or Hawaiian Swordfish (Harpoon Caught), B.C. Albacore Tuna

Rockfish or Pacific Snapper (Red-Listed Species)

Farmed Catfish (US), Rockfish (US or Yellow Ranked Canadian)

Bluefin Tuna

B.C. Albacore Tuna or US Yellowfin Tuna (Pole/Troll)

Farmed Shrimp (International except U.S.)

BC Spot Prawn (Trap Caught), B.C Pink Shrimp, B.C. Coonstripe Shrimp, NS shrimp (Trap Caught), Selva Shrimp

Mahi Mahi International

B.C. Sablefish