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Seafood Selection Websites June 20, 2004 11:45 AM

Please post your favorite seafood informational sites here.  [ send green star]
Marine Stewardship Council June 20, 2004 11:46 AM This organization provides information about sustainable fisheries, seafood labeling, and other issues to help you make choices about seafood consumption.  [ send green star]
Blue Ocean Institute Seafood Guide June 22, 2004 5:27 PM

Blue Ocean Institute Seafood Guide:  [ send green star]
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Guide to Sustainable Seafood June 23, 2004 5:49 AM

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Seafood Watch Program - A Consumer's Guide to Sustainable Seafood  [ send green star]
Environmental Defense Seafood Selector June 23, 2004 5:55 AM

Environmental Defense Seafood Selector and links to other information about sustainable fishing practices.  [ send green star]
Audubon Society June 23, 2004 7:30 PM

Audubon Socieity Living Oceans:  [ send green star]
I discovered that a local June 25, 2004 8:26 PM

Shoprite carries chilean seabass, when I mentioned that it was endangered, the clerk said "maybe that's why it's so expensive", since then I haven't seen it. Iv'e pretty much sworn off all seafood. The only way I can be sure that what I eat is sustainably fished is if I wade into the water and catch my own crabs and fish, and even then I can't be sure. Seafood is a luxury I can live without. I'm particularly appalled by king and snow crab legs (difference?) and any kind of shark meat. The first list I came across was the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, I like that one.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Great Group! June 28, 2004 2:37 PM

I think the various cards (I personally like the monterey bay aquarium card) are great and try to give them out to waiters and restaurant owners whenever I eat it. For the most part, I think they appreciate getting a card. It would also be great to start a list of restaurants that serve sustainable seafood. Is there one online, or should we start it here?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Responses June 28, 2004 9:50 PM

I think the cards can be helpful, but confusing sometimes because they are not always in agreement with one another. Additionally, there is the problem of your waiter or your store knowing the source of your fish. For example, salmon is usually a fish you don't want to order or buy. However, if it's from Alaska, it's arguably sustainably harvested and OK to eat. The difficult part comes when you try to determine the sources. Personally, I limit myself to mahi mahi (dorado) and some shellfish unless I know enough about the particular species. I'm sure there are some restaurant lists out there, but I haven't come across one yet. Let's start a new topic that will let people post ones that they know personally. Thanks for your comments and for joining this new group!  [ send green star]
Ashamed June 30, 2004 6:02 PM

This list is actually making me pretty hungry. My staples are soy milk and pnut butter.. btw  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Australian Seafood Guide July 04, 2004 11:17 PM

Australian Seafood Guide:  [ send green star]
California Academy of Sciences Seafood Guide July 04, 2004 11:20 PM

California Academy of Sciences Seafood Guide:  [ send green star]
The Smithsonian Sustainable Seafood Cookbook July 13, 2004 9:23 PM

The Smithsonian Sustainable Seafood Cookbook is a book, but contains info about sustainable seafood choices, too.  [ send green star]
Shallow Water Fish and Crustaceans August 02, 2004 7:32 AM

Close to the shore the pollution spread by the farms and industries is heaviest. The run-off from our production is causing the sea to be a deadly source of food. Sardines are shallow water fish. The lobsters and oysters as well as the shrimps are part of the close to the source of pollution sealife and most likely to be contaminated.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Oceans Alive at Environmental Defense November 10, 2004 1:06 AM

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 November 22, 2004 1:51 AM

SUSTAINABLY CAUGHT SEAFOOD LINKS Audubon’s Seafood Guide A printable primer on the best and worst seafood choices, this guide is sized to whip from your wallet the next time you’re stumped at a restaurant or grocery store. The green-to-red “fish scale” rates popular fish according to the level of their environmental impact. Monterey Bay Aquarium The aquarium’s Seafood Watch program raises consumer awareness about the fishing practices behind the food on their plates. Its regional and national pocket guides make recommendations on the most sustainable choices. Environmental Defense Besides an online “Seafood Selector,” this site also provides recipes for fish that are okay to eat, lists fish subject to environmental contaminants like mercury and how often it is recommended they be eaten, and offers good substitutions for overfished species. Blue Ocean Institute Blue Ocean uses science, art, and literature to build a greater ethic for ocean conservation. Its staff has researched the population status, biology, and management of various fisheries, compiling the results in a highly accessible Seafood Miniguide. Seafood Choices Alliance A program of SeaWeb, the Alliance helps anyone with a stake in the seafood industry get the facts they need about the seafood they serve or sell. Its SeaSense database collects and communicates the seafood recommendations of several different organizations. Caviar Emptor This campaign, led by SeaWeb, the Pew Institute for Ocean Science, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, seeks to halt the rapid decline of Caspian Sea sturgeon by promoting more sustainable alternatives to beluga caviar. EcoFish This small company sources seafood only from fisheries deemed ecologically sound by its advisory board of leading marine scientists. It also reinvests 25 percent of its pretax profits into communities and organizations that promote sustainable fishing practices.  [ send green star]
US Food & Drug Administration Seafood Website December 09, 2004 1:06 PM

The US Food & Drug Administration has a website on seafood:

You can learn about the health risks of seafood and make better choices to protect yourself while protecting the oceans by reduced demand.
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where can we buy the seafood February 18, 2005 12:47 PM

First, thanks for posting all this information. I think these are all really good resources. I am having problems putting this knowledge to use. I have been carrying around the Audubon card for a couple of years now since I feel really stronly about this issue. My problem is that if you ask the people working in restaurants/grocery stores (anywhere you buy seafood) they often have no idea how and where their seafood was caught. Since that can make all the difference between a "red" and "green" item (farmed salmon vs Alaska salmon, trawled shrimp vs trapped shrimp) I end up usually just avoiding seafood completely. I have even had this problem in smaller shops specializing in seafood and in more environmentally friendly stores such as Wild Oats. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where you can actually buy sustainable seafood? The site was great, hopefully there is someone selling their products in my area. Does anyone else know of other sites like this?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 February 18, 2005 12:49 PM

Sorry...I realize the above post is kind of a repeat. Did anyone actually start a restaurant or "where to buy" thread? I can't seem to find it.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Restaurant thread revived February 18, 2005 12:57 PM

I revived the restaurant thread.

Ecofish now offers shrimp!  that's great.  Shrimping is the #1 bad form of fishing that is destructive to the environment and needlessly kills about 5 pounds of other animals for every 1 pound of shrimp, not to mention the devastation to sea turtles and other endangered species.  Organic/Health food stores carry it sometimes.

My advice about the cards is:  when in doubt, pass on the fish.  It won't kill you to miss out on a fish meal, but it will kill a lot of other things!  Your body will thank you for eating less mercury, too!

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 February 18, 2005 2:13 PM

Thanks Eli for reviving the restaurant thread. I was really excited about the ecofish shrimp too. I was devastated when I found out how bad shrimping is (usually) for the environment. I have yet to find anyone selling sustainably fished/farmed shrimp...until now! I'm going on a quest to find the ecofish shrimp  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 May 18, 2005 11:31 PM  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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