The Sustainable Seafood Data Tool was built using Tableau, a software package designed to visually represent complex data. Tableau has a distinct functionality that can take some getting used to. Tableau offers a series of instructional videos (account required) that may be helpful. This page offers tips to help you navigate this specific tool.
When the tool loads, it defaults to the Global Seafood Production view. This view uses donut charts to present an overview of the world’s seafood production at two levels of detail:
- An inner ring illustrating the share of production that:
- Has already been certified or rated by Collaboration member organizations or is in a FIP or AIP, as well as
- The share that has not been certified or rated and is not in a FIP or AIP
- An outer ring providing more specific detail about the sustainability status:
- Certified by ASC, Fair Trade USA, or MSC
- Rated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program
- In a FIP or AIP
- Under assessment by a Collaboration member organization
- Within the scope of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s Target 75 initiative
- Not yet assessed by any Collaboration member organization
The legend to the right of the donut chart identifies the color-coded segments representing each sustainability status. If you hover over any segment, a tooltip will display the tonnage for that sustainability status and that sustainability status’ share (as a percent) of total global production. Clicking a segment will wash out other segments in the chart but will not display any additional information. If you click on a segment a second time, the chart will return to its original appearance.
The donut chart defaults to all production methods (wild and farmed), all regions, all countries, and all sustainability statuses. To focus more specifically, you can filter the global view using the dropdown menus above the donut chart. To display only wild-capture production, choose the Production Method dropdown menu, then uncheck Farmed. The tool will automatically uncheck All and update to display the sustainability status of wild-capture seafood only.
The Sector View provides additional information about the sustainability status of 8 priority seafood sectors. The default sector is Farmed Salmon, and when the Sector View loads, you will see the familiar sustainability status summary donut chart for that sector.
Below the donut chart, you will see a sustainability snapshot summarizing the Collaboration’s priorities for improvements in the sector. The Sector Improvement Profiles button at the bottom of the page provides access to a library of PDF documents providing more specific information about the common species names and source countries for seafood in the sector that is rated red, in a FIP or AIP, or within the Target 75 scope.
You will also see a bar chart illustrating the sustainability status for production in each region of the world. Choosing Country instead of Region in that section of the Sector View brings up a bar chart summarizing the sustainability status of the 10 countries with the largest production volume in that sector.
The trade summary section on the Sector View displays the five top exporting countries and importing countries for the selected sector. The improvement opportunities section identifies initiatives driving progress in the sector, and the Get Involved button below that section offers links and (if available) contact information you can use to learn more and engage with those initiatives.