Sustainable Seafood-Spread the Word August 14, 2004 11:05 AM
You can help spread the word about environmentally safe and environmentally unsafe seafood to the people who could have the greatest impact on what seafood is served; restaurant owners. Most people do not know that some seafood, while not endangered, could have very harmful effects on the environment. For instance; shrimp is plentiful and is served in many, many restaurants, but some kinds of shimp have little or no effect on the environment (like trap-caught) and some have very, very harmful effects on the environment (like trawled or shrimp from farms in Asia). Most restaurant owners have no idea that their seafood could be harming the environment. If they became aware of this they might make an effort to find out where their seafood comes from and try to only serve sustainable seafood.
What can you do to help spread the word? Go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium website www.montereybayaquarium.org and go to Seafood Watch. Download and print out some copies of the wallet-sized card. When you go to a restaurant ask about the seafood and give the waiter a copy of the card and ask them to give it to the chef. It's true that some might just through it out; but if you change just one restaurant's choices in seafood then you've helped save part of the ocean.
Please visit my group The People's Environmental League http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/PEL
And please sign these petitions:
Urge Faimont Hotels to Include Seafood in Their Environmental Plan
Urge Red Lobster to Switch to Sustainable Seafood
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