Fish and Seafood

7 ways to Green Your Fish and Seafood

Important considerations when buying seafood from a restaurant or market include the sustainability of the species, how the seafood was caught, and where/how the fish was raised. Here's some advice on making sustainable, eco-friendly seafood choices.

  1. Choose sustainable sources of seafood

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    Biodiversity maintains balance in the oceans; therefore, only eat seafood from strong and sustainable populations, not threatened or endangered species.

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  2. Choose hook and line-caught fish

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    Stray nets from fishing boats trap dolphins, turtles, and other sea life, while large commercial trawlers disrupt ocean floor ecosystems and result in unnecessary bycatch.

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  3. Choose responsibly-farmed fish

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    Some farmed fish can harm water quality and biodiversity, and may be fed unsustainable carnivorous diets that increase their toxin levels.

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  4. Choose locally-caught fish

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    Seafood often travels long distances from the sea to market, resulting in the increased use of fossil fuels and energy.

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  5. Ask about restaurant seafood

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    Encouraging local restaurants to offer sustainable and non-destructive sources of seafood for their menu may help decrease demand for threatened species.

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  6. Organize a local waterway clean up

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    Act locally to preserve the natural beauty of your river, lake, or ocean shoreline, benefiting the entire ecosystem and the creatures in it.

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  7. Choose eco-friendly packaging

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    Frozen and fresh, fish comes in a variety of packages. Try to choose the ones that are recyclable.

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Comments

05/26/2008
10:17am
Susan Short

Blue Ocean has teamed with Mobile commons to provide a text messaging service. You text message to the number 30644, type "fish" (without quotation marks), one space and then the type of fish you are curious about. It will look like this: fish red snapper

In a couple of minutes you will get a text message back with information from Blue Ocean's data base about it's status as a species and if there are any personal health risks to know about.

It's really convenient.

http://www.blueocean.org/fishphone/index.html

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