Data Exploration Tool
Data Exploration Tool


In collaboration with Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seafood Watch and Dalhousie University we created the Seafood Carbon Emissions Tool that allows users to explore the relative carbon footprints of wild and farmed seafood.

This tool explores opportunities to communicate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with products from fisheries and aquaculture as an additional aspect of seafood sustainability. The Seafood Carbon Emissions Tool represents the culmination of many years of data collection, collation and interpretation, and communicates what is currently known about carbon emissions associated with the production of seafood.

Users are able to compare the carbon emissions generated for different farming and catch methods across various species of fish. There are two views in which users can compare different gear types, species and farming methods. Filters can be used to view and/or download data on specific species or categories and wild and farmed seafood.

The tool also includes a transport emissions calculator to estimate the carbon footprint associated with the transport of a seafood product from its origin to its final destination. Users can input the miles travelled by ocean freighter, rail, truck and plane to see the average emission estimates in kg CO2-eq per tonne-mile.

This tool is meant to be a compliment to Seafood Watch ratings and all species contained in this tool link back to their corresponding Seafood Watch rating. The research and methods for this tool were developed and led by Lisa Max, Robert Parker, and Peter Tyedmers.

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