Q: What is “sustainable seafood”?
A: Seafood is sustainable when the population of that species of fish is managed in a way that provides for today’s needs without damaging the ability of the species to reproduce and be available for future generations, AND that the seafood is caught or farmed in a manner that has minimal environmental impact on the surrounding ecosystem.

Q: How is a seafood product “sustainably caught”?
A: Seafood that is sustainably caught is caught or farmed in a manner that has the least amount of environmental impact on the surrounding ecosystem. There is minimal amount of bycatch (catching creatures unintentionally), such as dolphins, seabirds, and turtles, and the fishing gear does not destroy the surrounding habitat.

Q: Are all seafood items on Holland America Line ships sustainable?
A: No. Holland America Lines and Seabourn purchase sustainable seafood when it is available and will pass on the sustainable recommendation through the use of the Marine Conservation Institute logo to identify it to their guests.

Q: How do you determine what seafood is sustainable?
A: We synthesize the various recommendations from established seafood ranking NGOs in order to provide Holland America Line and Seabourn staff to choose sustainable options to highight on their menus when it is available. 

Q: Why is Holland America Line highlighting sustainable seafood?
A: Holland America Line and Seabourn believe their guests have the right to choose sustainable, ocean-friendly options while onboard their ships.

Q: Who is Marine Conservation Institute?
A: Marine Conservation Institute is a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization working to save the oceans. Marine Conservation Institute is based in Seattle, WA and has offices in Washington DC and California. To learn more about the Marine Conservation Institute, visit Marine-Conservation.org

Q: When did this program start?
A: The partnership between Holland America Line and Marine Conservation Institute began in the spring of 2010.