MONTEREY, Calif. -

Seafood Watch, a program of the Monterey Bay Aquarium that ranks the sustainability of various types of seafood, has revised its selections for the West Coast.

In the new recommendations released for September, the organization announces that West Coast consumers now have a number of new choices. They say this reflects a trend of continuing improvement for U.S. fisheries.

Among the highlights:

  • All trawl- and longline-caught rockfish have been upgraded from “Avoid” to either “Good Alternative” or “Best Choice”
  • Major flatfish species—including Dover sole, English sole, Pacific sanddab and rex sole—have been upgraded from “Good Alternative” to “Best Choice”
  • Pacific grenadier has been upgraded from “Avoid” to “Good Alternative”
  • U.S. Pacific spiny dogfish has been upgraded from “Avoid” to “Best Choice”

According to Seafood Watch, a number of factors have contributed to fishery improvements and the upgraded recommendations. That includes reductions in the catch of overfished species, additional species stock assessments and area closures to protect vulnerable habitat.

The updated recommendations can be read by clicking here. The full list of consumer guides is available here.