Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fish Facts.

This just in from the Monterey Bay Aquarium "Seafood Watch"-- I found it interesting and helpful, I hope you all do too.  The hubbs and I eat seafood at least twice a week, sometimes more, so I appreciate this information as I set out on my grocery shopping trips during this month...

"Worldwide, the demand for seafood is increasing.  Yet many populations of the large fish we enjoy are over-fished and, in the U.S., we import over 80% of our seafood to meet the demand.  Destructive fishing and fish farming practices only add to the problem.  By purchasing fish caught or farmed using environmentally friendly practices, you're supporting healthy, abundant oceans."

Abundant, well-managed and caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways.
Abalone (US farmed)
Arctic Char (farmed)
Barramundi (US farmed)
Catfish (US farmed)
Clams, Mussels, Oysters (farmed)
Cod: Pacific (US non-trawled)
Crab: Dungeness
Halibut: Pacific (US)
Lobster: California Spiny (US)
Rockfish: Black (CA, OR, WA, hook & line)
Sablefish/ Black Cod (Alaska & Canada)
Salmon (Alaska Wild)
Sardines: Pacific (US)
Scallops (farmed)
Shrimp: Pink (OR)
Spot Prawn (Canada)
Striped Bass (farmed & wild)
Tilapia (US farmed)
Trout: Rainbow (US farmed) 
Tuna: Albacore (Canada & US Pacific), troll/pole)
Tuna: Skipjack, Yellowfin (US troll/pole)
White Seabass (hook & line)

An option, but there are concerns with how they're caught or farmed- or with the health of their habitat due to other human impacts.
Basa/Pangasius/Swai (farmed)
Caviar, Sturgeon (US farmed)
Clams, Oysters (wild)
Cod: Pacific (US trawled)
Crab: King (US), Snow
Flounders, Soles (Pacific)
Halibut: California
Lobster: American/ Maine
Mahi Mahi (US)
Pollock: Alaska (US)
Rockfish (Pacific hook & line)
Sablefish/ Black Cod (CA, OR, WA)
Salmon (CA, OR, WA, wild)
Sanddabs (Pacific)
Scallops (wild)
Shrimp (US, Canada)
Spot Prawn (US)
Swordfish (US)
Tilapia (Central & South American farmed)
Tuna: Bigeye, Tongol, Yellowfin (troll/pole)
Yellowtail: California (US wild)

These items are over-fished or caught or farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment. 
Caviar, Sturgeon (imported wild)
Chilean Seabass/ Toothfish
Cod: Atlantic (Canada & US)
Cobia (imported farmed)
Crab: King (imported)
Dogfish (US)
Lobster: Spiny (Brazil)
Mahi Mahi (imported longline)
Marlin : Blue, Striped (Pacific)
Orange Roughy
Rockfish/ "Pacific Snapper" (trawled)
Salmon (farmed, including Atlantic)
Shrimp (imported)
Swordfish (imported)
Tilapia (Asia farmed)
Tuna: Albacore, Bigeye, Skipjack, Tongol, Yellowfin (except troll/pole)
Tuna: Bluefin
Tuna: Canned (except troll/pole)

To see the complete and most up-to-date list, visit www.seafoodwatch.org, or you can download the free app, check out their mobile site and even join the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Facebook or Twitter.

The seafood recommendations in this listing are credited to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation and the Monterey Bay Aquarium "Seafood Watch" West Coast Sustainable Seafood Guide.

Enjoy & stay sustainable!

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