One fish, two fish, red fish … green fish? The dish on sustainable seafood
Eating sustainable seafood is good for you and the environment, and we want to make choosing the right fish even easier for you with these handy tips for chowing down.
Whether you are a salmon lover or prefer oysters, you can search for the most sustainable varieties of your favorite seafood on Monterey Bay Aquarium’s website.
Then take the seafood guide on the go with the Seafood Watch app for iPhone and Android smartphones.
No time to look stuff up? (Hey we get it, you’re a busy person.) Then keep in mind these quick tips from the Natural Resources Defense Council:
- Squid, oysters, sardines and other smaller fish are lower on the food chain and tend to be more plentiful than those that are higher up on the chain. As a bonus, they often contain less mercury.
- When possible, choose the local variety of your favorite fish. Like any other product, the farther away it has to be shipped, the more energy is used to get it there.
- Buy from trusted retailers. (See below for a list of some of HellaWella’s recommendations.)
- Don’t be afraid to ask where your seafood came from. Certain regions abide by more sustainable practices than others.
Even with these tips, we know you are only human and may not think about this stuff the next time you are food shopping. Not to worry, many of the United States’ largest grocers are taking a proactive approach to seafood and doing their part to weed out the less desirable varieties.
Giant Eagle is working with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to make sure the seafood it provides its customers comes from sustainable sources.
Supervalu is on track to source 100% of its top 20 wild-caught seafood products from sustainable fisheries or those on a clear pathway to sustainability by 2015.
Safeway was recently named the most sustainable seafood grocer by Greenpeace thanks to its goal to source all of its fresh and frozen seafood from sustainable and traceable sources by 2015.
Whole Foods plans to phase out its least sustainable, or red-rated, wild-caught seafood by next Earth Day, with the exception of Atlantic cod and sole, which will have an extension until Earth Day 2013.
Kroger claims that more than half of the top 20 wild-caught seafood species it sells are certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council, and that by 2015, it will source 100% of these species that will be certified by the council.
Are you concerned with buying sustainable seafood? Let us know where you shop for your fish chow!