You may see plenty of fish in the market or on restaurant menus, but the world’s population of wild seafood is threatened with extinction. Over-fishing and lack of fishing regulation have depleted numerous varieties of fish, including most types of tuna.
Ubiquitous fish farming may be the solution of the future. But for the present, shrimp and salmon, the two leading farmed seafood species, are often farmed in an unsustainable manner, polluting the environment.
The Monterey Bay Seafood Watch, sponsored by California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium, creates pocket seafood guides showing which fish are both sustainably harvested and low in toxins. Download a pocket guide that is customized for your region before you go shopping for fish or head to a restaurant. There’s also an iPhone app.
The non-profit Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program is the most recognized and trusted resource for sustainable seafood recommendations. Seafood Watch recommendations are science-based, peer reviewed and use ecosystem-based criteria.
The website also offers delicious and environmentally-friendly seafood recipes by some of the nation’s leading chefs. You can sign up for the recipe of the month as well.
It’s easy to make sustainable choices that satisfy your taste buds and your conscience.
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