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Protecting Our Oceans


We make responsible seafood purchase a core value of our operation

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Certification & Advisory Programs

At Bluewater our ultimate goal is to use only fish selected by the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) Seafood Watch Program as Best Choices or Good Alternatives or approved by other certifying organizations. Currently, the fish we purchase are selected in order to fit criteria of sustainability, environmental impact and ethical/best aquaculture practices (BAP) and harvest guidelines. Industry is rapidly moving towards achieving certification to gain approval for fisheries and farming operations to meet environmental standards for well-managed and sustainable fisheries with Seafood Watch and other organizations. As a result, Bluewater Grill is working closely with its vendors to meet 100% of its objectives.

Seafood Origin List

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Our own Swordfish Harpoon & Deep Drop Buoy Boat plying the waters off Catalina

Unlike nets and long lines, harpooned swordfish is a 100% sustainable method of fishing with no-by catch and is ultra-fresh.

Meaning “trouble” in Hawaiian, our boat was custom built in Hoquiam, Washington and supplies our restaurants with direct access to the freshest swordfish for the summer seasons. Selectively harvesting mature fish and processing them only minutes later, the fish is quick cooled in on board refrigerators and rushed to the restaurants same day giving real meaning to “boat to plate fresh.” 

The Right Suppliers: Harvesting Methods

Our suppliers are selected on the grounds that they have a sustainable approach to purchasing from fishermen whose fish must come from fisheries using environmentally responsible harvesting methods. We choose species that we are confident are sustainable in the area from which they are harvested. When available, we feature Deep Buoy fish – an alternative way to catch swordfish with less bycatch than traditional methods. This innovative approach is far less destructive to whales, sea turtles and other marine life. Watch the video above to learn more.