How to Find Sustainable Seafood
There are so many ways to get recommendations these days, whether you want them or not! It seems like the whole world is Tweeting, Yelping and posting comments on Facebook.
Turns out that this is a really effective way to gather information from our peers, rather than just relying on a single reviewer.
Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch is a program that helps people choose sustainable seafood and understand their choices’ impact on the ocean.
Thankfully, sustainable seafood is everywhere. That’s right – it’s in your local market and restaurant, no matter where you live. The problem for people wanting to make sustainable choices has been collecting all that data in one place.
A new feature in the latest version of our Seafood Watch iPhone app is “Project FishMap.” This allows people to let others know where they’re finding great choices and tag them for others to see and use a resource.
By tapping into our collective desire to record all of our activities, we’re hoping to build an amazing resource of places selling seafood from our Best Choices and Good Alternatives list, which are the most sustainable seafood items.
We’ve populated a database with a million locations, and if someone doesn’t find their destination already there, they can add it.
It’s a real community effort building on the power of every person to do their part.
As you travel and dine this holiday season, you can add to the list and let us know what you find. There are some great options for ocean-friendly holiday dishes out there.
You’ll also find our “Super Green” list on the App – choices that are good for you, and good for the oceans. We’re expanding our efforts in the new year by coming out with an app for the Android, so all smart phone users can get involved and help keep our oceans–and ourselves–healthy.
Photo credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium
By Alison Barratt