Anchovy Improvement Profile

Nearly two thirds of the world’s anchovy production has not yet been assessed. Most of the remaining production is in a FIP, while a small portion is red-rated. Our improvement efforts prioritize anchovy fisheries that are:

  • Red-rated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program (see all anchovy ratings here); or
  • Within the scope of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s Target 75 Initiative

The collaboration is focused on improving the performance of anchovy fisheries by building on promising NGO and industry initiatives. A baseline step businesses can take to accelerate progress in improving performance is to prioritize the purchase of certified or Best Choice anchovy and encourage suppliers to pursue improvements.

Seafood Wat

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program’s ratings are based on specific location and production method information. For detailed information, visit the Seafood Watch recommendations on anchovy, as well as other small pelagics like mackerel and sardine.

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

SFP’s “T75” initiative is focused on ensuring that at least 75% of world production in key sectors is sustainable (i.e., certified by the MSC program, or green-listed in SFP’s Metrics tool) or making regular, verifiable improvements. For wild production:

  • Certified by one of the following programs: IFFO RS, ASMI RFM, Iceland Responsible Fisheries, Fair Trade USA
  • Or under full assessment in the MSC program
  • Or in a FIP that is making good progress (i.e., with a progress rating of A, B, or C using SFP’s FIP evaluation tool

Most of the anchovies’ species fall within the Target scope, namely those that are mostly used for reduction. SFP has developed a visual display of T75 progress for each of the key seafood sectors, including reduction fisheries. Please check the latest estimates here.

To learn more, visit the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s Target 75 Reduction Fisheries Sector Report and its Reduction Fisheries Supply Chain Roundtable. For detailed information, contact


There are several active small pelagics FIPs worldwide, with a handful focusing specifically on anchovy production, providing considerable opportunities to contribute to sustainability improvements. To learn more about specific FIPs, consult the FIP directory.