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Fresh Seafood for a Sustainable Earth

What exactly does the concept of ‘sustainable seafood’ imply? Sustainable seafood refers to developing and maintaining a healthy relationship with our oceans. There are multiple reasons why it is essential to establish this healthy relationship, but they all revert back to the simple need for humans to remain cautious of the fresh seafood they eat and where it comes from.Fresh Seafood

Fresh Seafood Can Be Sustainable

Although there was a time when the ocean seemed to have unlimited resources, times have changed and we are now under different circumstances. While the demand for fresh seafood has continued on the rise, the supply has steadily declined. Furthermore, the overall well-being of our oceans ecosystems has a major impact on the planet as a whole. Sustainable fresh seafood addresses this issue by replenishing our oceans through effectively managing their resources into the future. 

Boston Sword & Tuna is one of the founding members of Sustainable Seafood LLC. In August of 2012, Sustainable Seafood LLC applied for sustainable certification of the U.S. North Atlantic longline swordfish fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council. The MSC certification is widely considered to be the gold standard for sustainable seafood certification. In addition, our two longliners, the Iron Maiden and the Iron Lady, fish in one of the best-managed fisheries in the world: the Northwest Atlantic swordfish fishery.

When you’ve been in the fresh seafood business for five generations, sustainability is much more than a word or an abstract concept. All of us at Boston Sword & Tuna depend on the ocean for a living, which is why we are committed to working in fisheries that are very well managed to ensure their commercial viability for generations to come.


Michael J. Scola

While earning his degree in business, Michael spent summers and winters working the floor at Boston Sword & Tuna and learning the seafood business from the ground up. As a fifth-generation fishmonger and handled different species, lumped sword and tuna, sorted through vats of haddock and cod, broke down salmon cases, graded the fish, and more. During this time, Mike was a veritable sea sponge, learning from the most-experienced seafood professionals in the game while acquiring the tools needed to be successful in this gritty industry.