Octopus Improvement Profile
Almost all of global octopus production is red-rated or has not yet been assessed. Our improvement efforts prioritize octopus fisheries that are:
- Red-rated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program (see all octopus ratings here); or
- Within the scope of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s Target 75 Initiative
A baseline step businesses can take to accelerate progress in improving performance is to prioritize the purchase of certified or Best Choice octopus and encourage suppliers to pursue improvements. The collaboration is focused on improving the performance of octopus fisheries by building on promising NGO and industry initiatives.
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 octopus.
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., a FIP with either with a progress rating of A, B, or C using SFP’s FIP evaluation tool, or formed in the past 12 months and not yet rated)
All octopus species fall within the scope of Target 75, specifically in the Octopus sector. SFP has developed a visual display of T75 progress for each of the key seafood sectors, including octopus. Please check the latest estimates here.
There are several active octopus FIPs worldwide, providing opportunities to contribute to sustainability improvements. To learn more about specific FIPs, consult the FisheryProgress.org FIP directory or the Improvement projects page of FishSource.