At Mio Sushi, we pride ourselves on providing seafood that is fresh, delicious and healthy for
you and your family. Furthermore, we would like to be a part of global efforts to protect and
sustain the ocean’s increasingly endangered and fragile biodiversity and ecosystems.
We have asked all of our vendors to provide us with detailed information on the fish products
we serve in our restaurants. The debate on the sustainability of fish is far from complete and we continue to educate ourselves on the subject. We would appreciate your input and feedback.
What is “sustainability”?
To grow, manage or harvest a food source in such a way as to insure that the resources does not suffer a net loss from
one season to the next.
How does Mio Sushi fit into the whole picture?
All fish items on Mio Sushi’s menu are sourced from sustainable fisheries where possible.
Are there any organizations that certify which seafood products are or are not sustainable?
Yes. According to the Ecolabel Index, there are 17 listings for fish and fisheries. The two most widely recognized by consumers
are the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) Seafood Watch List.
Is a seafood item not sustainable if it is not certified or approved by MSC or MBA?
Nope. Because of the time and expense involved in acquiring MSC certification, not all fisheries are able to qualify for certification.
MSC does not do assessments on farmed product. The MBA watch lists cover only a fraction of seafood options available, although they assess both wild and farmed products.
If an item is not certified by MSC or MBA, how do I know if it is sustainable?
There are many other organizations that recognize sustainably managed fisheries and resources through science-based criteria.
Some of the most widely recognized of these are:
Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), which utilizes internationally agreed upon standards
known as Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fish Watch
Seafood Choices Alliance (SCA)
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Blue Oceans Alliance
Environmental Defense Fund