The Sustainable Restaurants project selects and rewards those restaurants, take-away and catering chains that serve Friend of the Sea certified sustainable seafood products.

Since 2008, Friend of the Sea has been working everyday to make sustainability a reality, by ensuring that certified fishing and aquaculture companies use sustainable fishing practices and reduce the impact of their actions on the ecosystem.

In recent years, the demand for ecologically sustainable restaurants has grown and today restaurant owners must adopt a responsible supply policy.

The Sustainable Restaurants project has been created by Friend of the Sea to help people find the nearest restaurants serving sustainable seafood.

It satisfies the genuine consumer need and, at the same time, selects and rewards restaurants that serve at least one of Friend of the Sea certified products.

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Choosing a sustainable restaurant that serves Friend of the Sea certified sustainable seafood favours:

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Healthy fish stocks

Fishing Methods

Fishing methods with low bycatch

Endangered Species

Protection of endangered species

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Respect for the marine habitat


Compliance with laws and regulations

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Waste management and control

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Social accountability

By joining the Sustainable Restaurant Program your restaurant will:

  • raise awareness of responsible consumption among clients;
  • take a credible stand on sustainability issues;
  • benefit from the visibility provided by Friend of the Sea.

The member restaurants will be added to:

  • our Mobile App dedicated to the project;
  • our website;
  • our co-marketing and communication activities.
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Member restaurants will also receive gadgets and personalised marketing material.

For joining the project, restaurants can choose between two options:

This option is dedicated to the restaurants using at least one Friend of the Sea® certified seafood product.

Member restaurants will be offered an additional opportunity: they receive the Friend of the Sea certificate for the entire facility, after passing an audit to verify compliance with the following Friend of the Sea® Sustainable Restaurant Chain Criteria.

The Standard for Sustainable Seafood Restaurant

Friend of the Sea criteria for Sustainable Restaurant Certification require:

  • over 90% of served seafood (weight or number of species) from certified suppliers out of which;
  • over 60% of served seafood (weight or number of species) from either Friend of the Sea or Global Gap certified suppliers;
  • detailed identification of the origin of products;
  • specific traceability system;
  • social accountability.
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Apply and become an Eco-Friendly Restaurant

Would you like to receive a quotation for Friend of the Sea audit and royalties to use our logo?
Please, fill out the online Preliminary Information Form (PIF):

  • All the information will be kept strictly confidential and implies NO commitment on your company’s part.
  • The Friend of the Sea certification is voluntary and NOT mandatory to gain access to markets.
  • The application process is NOT discriminatory on size, scale, management and minimum number of operators.
  • Friend of the Sea is a NGO and it strives to make participation in the audits affordable for all companies.
  • Please, contact us for more information on Government funding which might be available in your Country for sustainability certifications:

To find sustainable restaurants near you that serve Friend of the Sea certified products, download our App.