About Our Seafood

Responsible Sourcing

We’ve been buying and selling fish since 1939; not only have we learned a lot during that time but we’ve seen the industry undergo massive change. We have always been committed to sourcing seafood responsibly and it’s at the very core of our continued success.

Santa Monica Seafood MarketWhile we work to buy locally when possible, we are also proud to offer a full selection of domestically and internationally sourced fish and shellfish.

No matter where our seafood comes from, you can be sure it has been carefully researched.  Our Purchasing Department is staffed by some of the most experienced and knowledgeable seafood experts in the industry. We rely on their intimate knowledge of the products they source and the long-term partnerships they cultivate to keep our coolers and freezers full of the highest quality seafood on the market.

Although mislabeled seafood gets a lot of coverage in the press, it’s not something you have to worry about when you buy from a reputable purveyor like Santa Monica Seafood. All of our seafood is sourced from a well-known network of suppliers, fishermen and farmers.  We work within the most trusted supply chain in the business, and back it up with site visits, inspections, and a zero-tolerance policy for seafood fraud.   We’re happy to provide you with the scientific names of any species we carry, along with country of origin and information on harvest/capture method.   If you have questions about usage of common or colloquial names (such as calling Rockfish “Pacific Snapper”), don’t hesitate to ask. And, for our full Santa Monica Seafood Sustainability Statement, please click the button below. 

See Our Full Sustainability Statement

If you have questions about specific seafood products, please let us know. We also encourage you to learn about the Monterey  Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program if you’re looking for a sustainability ranking system.

Seafood and Health

SalmonSeafood is good for you. But don’t just take our word for it.

Both the FDA and The American Heart Association recommend  eating at least 2 servings (3.5 oz. cooked or 3/4 cup flaked fish) a week. They remind us that “fish is a good source of protein and, unlike fatty meat products, it’s not high in saturated fat. Fish is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people and those at high risk of — or who have — cardiovascular disease. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids decrease risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), which can lead to sudden cardiac death. Omega-3 fatty acids also decrease triglyceride  levels, slow the growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque and lower blood pressure (slightly).”

If you have concerns about contaminants in seafood, we encourage you to read the EPA’s advice regarding seafood consumption.

Food Safety

FSSC Logo DNVWithout exception, Food Safety is our number one priority. We hold current FSSC 22000 certification which guarantees you are buying from a company with the best food manufacturing systems in the world and that our products consistently meet all quality, safety and labeling requirements.   Please contact us if you have further questions related to food safety.

Salmon image courtesy of Steven Zolneczko