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Feb 17, 2008 01:58 PM

Seafood Watch, What is Sustainable?

The Monterey Aquarium Seafood Watch has useful information on seafood we should be eating or avoiding.
The sustainability advisory pages should be on every fridge door!

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  1. Not sure I understand why farmed salmon is poor, while wild salmon is not.

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    1. re: SMOG

      Scroll down, and you'll see why they take a dim view of salmon farm operations.

    2. Here is a summary,

      The good, the bad, and the ugly

      1. Interesting story in the Globe & Mail today about concern for sustainable fish is or may impact the considerable and entrenched fish & chip consumption in Great Britain -

        The article may not be accessible to non-subscribers after a few days. Here's an excerpt -
        Sustainable fishing is a hot-button topic in the U.K.," said Julia Roberson of the conservation group Seafood Choices Alliance. "But in terms of what's available to consumers, information about meat and vegetable production is light years ahead of fish."

        About 260 million orders of fish and chips are sold annually in Britain, according to the seafood industry group Seafish, making it Britain's top takeaway meal. Cod is the most popular choice, followed by haddock, and a full meal in London costs about £5 ($10).

        Chefs such as Mr. Aikens and conservation groups are fighting a deep-seated prejudice that sees the British leery of finding a strange new fish on their plates. "Our long-term tradition is that we're a fairly conservative fish- eating society," said Sam Fanshawe of Britain's Marine Conservation Society. "The government has done very little to diversify our tastes, and there's not enough government support for new fishing initiatives." The MCS recently launched, an online directory of endangered fish for retailers, restaurateurs and consumers.

        The idea of fish and chips - eaten straight from a piece of paper, sprinkled with malt vinegar - is so central to British culture that it was voted the country's favourite food (and smell) in 2006. The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, has been spied in a chippie, and it was the meal served at the glitzy wedding of Liverpool soccer star Steven Gerrard last summer. But will consumers' green guilt over the state of the oceans make the chippie an endangered species? In 1927 there were 35,000 fish-and-chip restaurants in Britain, but fewer than one-third that number exist today.

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        1. re: JamieK

          It would be helpful if the fry shops posted sustainability of each type they serve, including shellfish. That would draw people in:

          1. re: JamieK

            You left out the part of the article that has the downside of limiting selection

            "Posh chippies such as the Fish Club and Sea Cow, which, like Tom's Place, sell fish from stocks sanctioned by the non-profit Marine Stewardship Council, have sprung up in London's pricier neighbourhoods. At Tom's Place, customers can choose to have their French fries cooked in beef dripping or rapeseed oil - but will they balk at paying £12 ($24) for a piece of fish, and £2.50 ($5) for a bowl of peas?"

            $24 for fish and chips, I don't think so.

          2. There are a few services that provide up to date seafood sustainability information via text. Here is information on one of them...


            1. This is a good source but IMO can not be used as a stand alone guide. For example the Monterey Aquariums riffs are Marlin are completly inadequate. They only list two sub-species and others in that category are under review for placement on the endagered species list and are currently listed as species of concern. I do think it's absolutly fantastc that people are paying attention to sustainability.
              Not all farmed fish is bad. There is a group in Hawaii farming fish and you can order on line. For me balance is always the key. I personally would rather eat farmed salmon than wild Atlantic salmon simply due to the dwindeling wild stocks of that species. OTOH I prefer wild Alaskan salmon over either.