Seafood certification schemes are programmes that aim to increase customer awareness of the environmental impact and sustainability of their seafood purchasing choices. 

It is a way of communicating to customers that the product is sourced from well-managed capture fisheries or aquaculture production facilities that focus on issues related to the sustainable use of fisheries resources. Certification is the procedure by which a third party gives assurance that a product process or service conforms to specified requirements and should be based on a range of inspection activities and carried out by a competent and recognised certification body.

Friend of the Sea has developed a set of seafood certification standards for fisheries and aquaculture products that provide tools for minimising the negative effects of aquaculture operations, and ensuring that fisheries respect the marine environment, thus preserving natural resources for the future. 

If you would like to make an application to certify your products with Friend of the Sea, please follow the links below.

Apply to use the Friend of the Sea label to your seafood products

Would you like to receive a quotation for Friend of the Sea’s audit and royalties to use our logo?

Please fill out the Preliminary Information Form (PIF).

Online Preliminary Information Form (PIF):


Standards and Certifications

Find out more about Friend of the Sea Standards and Certifications.

Sustainable Restaurants

Sustainable Restaurant and Retailers

The Sustainable Restaurant Program selects and rewards those restaurants, food chains and catering activities that serve Friend of the Sea certified products.

Sustainable Omega3

Sustainable Omega 3

Friend of the Sea is the leading international standard for producers of fish oil, fish meal Omega3 supplements and UV Creams.

Sustainable Dolphin

Dolphin and Whale Watching

Friend of the Sea certification for Dolphin and Whale Watching aims to minimise the impact of this activity on individuals and populations of marine mammals, promoting responsible interactions between people and animals.

Sustainable Shipping

Sustainable Shipping and Cruise Lines

Friend of the Sea Sustainable Shipping Standard aims to improve the sustainable use of marine resources by the shipping industry.

Sustainable Fisheries

Sustainable Fishing and Fleets

Friend of the Sea certification programme contributes to the health of the oceans by certifying and promoting sustainable fishing practices.

Sustainable Aquaculture

Sustainable Aquaculture

Friend of the Sea certification programme for sustainable fish farming provides a tool for aquaculture industry to develop in respect of the marine environment.

Sustainable Aquaria


The Friend of the Sea Aquaria standard helps promote sustainable attitudes and behaviour and inform people about the real state of our aquatic environment.

Ornamental Fish Trade

Ornamental Fish Trade

The Friend of the Sea Ornamental Fish standard helps protect wild species and safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible harvest and farming of aquarium species.

Sustainable Beach

Sustainable Beach

Friend of the Sea has established requirements to safeguard beaches.