Sustainable Seafood

June 6, 2010 at 8:31 pm Leave a comment

There is a limit to the number of fish in the sea. The world’s supply is being threatened by over harvesting, in spite of what would seem like infinite capacity in our vast oceans.

Consumers vote with their  pocketbooks, so it’s important to be well-informed.  By being aware of what species are threatened, we will know what  not buy  in grocery stores or at restaurants. And if we stop purchasing endangered species, fish mongers and restaurants  will have to follow suit and make more appropriate choices. Wild is usually better than farmed, although there are farms that are raising fish in ecologically acceptable circumstances–in general it depends on the practices used, the location and the species.

The best website I have found is the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. It lists recommended fish, alternatives and species to be avoided, and is constantly updated. You can even use a mobile guide on your cell phone as you peruse options at the fish counter. Or just print out the lists and take them with you. I have provided a link below for your convenience.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_recommendations.aspx

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