Seafood Quality and Sustainability

“Meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs” - FISH WATCH, U.S. Seafood Facts

At PAFCO, we are very serious about our global footprint. For 35 years, PAFCO has relied on our principals- honesty, integrity and transparency- to reduce wasteful practices, to choose suppliers, and to contribute to the overall sustainability of the world’s seafood supply. These principals are applied in every department of our company including purchasing.

PAFCO purchases a variety of seafood from the US and countries around the world. Domestic fisheries and suppliers are regulated by the U.S. government, while international fisheries are not. According to, “United States laws governing the harvesting and processing of seafood are among the most stringent in the world.” So in order to ensure the safety of our consumers and the sustainability of our resources, we work to source from suppliers that follow the stringent health and safety regulations set by the U.S.

Furthermore, when we source our seafood internationally, our purchasing department chooses suppliers who follow US FDA standards in having a HACCP Plan and required documentation as well as third party certificates from organizations like the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), Aquaculture Certification Council/ Best Aquaculture Practice (ACC/BAP), Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), and Monterey Bay Aquarium. We are also members of organizations that promote legal and sustainable fishing practices, including the Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators, Inc. (COLTO).

We recognize the importance of producing sustainable Seafood, and are open to suggestions for credible grant opportunities that support scientific marine research. Please contact us if you would like to suggest any particular research programs that promote sustaining seafood resources globally or protects our marine environment.

Please refer to for the most current and credible reports, scientific research and information about the seafood industry and let us know if you have any questions concerning our sourcing practices.