Every year, humans consume over 80 million tons of seafood. This does not even include the fish animals in the wild need to eat. The take home message: we eat A LOT of fish!
It is easy to do your part to make more informed and sustainable choices in seafood with the help of the Seafood Watch Pocket Guide!
The Seafood Watch Pocket guide is designed to fit easily in your wallet or purse and outlines the best choices in seafood. There is also a Smart Phone app that is free to download. The guide is updated twice a year to provide the most up-to-date information on healthy seafood choices for each region in the United States.
Scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California research to find the healthiest and most sustainable choices of seafood and compile the information into these handy pocket guides. There are 3 categories: Best Choices, Good Alternatives and Avoid. Seafood Watch scientists look at fishing and farming practices, natural populations and health concerns to determine where each kind of fish will fit into the categories of the pocket guide.
These guides are a ready-resource to help you make informed choices the next time you purchase seafood at a store or restaurant. Just pull the guide out of your pocket or use the Smart Phone app and determine if the fish you want to purchase is a sustainable choice.
You may have to ask questions about where the fish comes from or the way the fish was caught, but its all about awareness. The more people who are talking about sustainable seafood, the healthier our world’s oceans will become!
For more information or to download your own Seafood Watch Pocket Guide, please visit www.seafoodwatch.org