Red List Fish
- justpete Feb 10, 2009 02:33 PM
Just curious, do people on this board generally observe and follow the red list fish?
I perhaps haven't been as careful as I should when ordering at a restaurant (although I don't eat a lot of seafood.)
Just curious if this is generally followed or ignored?
Although I think Greenpeace at times can be a little over the top, I do try to keep an eye out for overfished species and avoid them as well as farm raised species. I will eat an occasional farm raised catfish, but prefer wild. As a fisherman living on the Texas coast, I can appreciate what conservation efforts can do. A severe freeze in the early eighties, along with the blackened redfish craze, virtually eliminated that species. Fortunately, efforts by the Gulf Coast Conservation Association, along with the Texas Legislature, have eliminated commercial netting in bays, with a corresponding increase in redfish and speckled trout (my favorite) populations. Similiar legislation has spread to most states from Texas to Maine. Here, you can't buy a wild caught trout or redfish, unless it is imported, usually from Mexico. Check out a redfish in a Texas seafood market, they're green from being farm raised. It has to do with the water they grow up in, and I assume, diet. I won't touch them.
I try not to eat fish that are endangered. UNfortunately that menas I eat less fish, which I really like. Then I read about how healthy fish are I I wish I could eat them more. It's hard to know what to do.
In terms of following a "red list", I do look at the Greenpeace list some. I prefer to look at the Monterey Aquarium seafood watch site. They maintains a guide which lists of all commonly sold fish with information on sustainibility and health issues. They also give you alternatives to the fish if it's something they recommend you avoid. I use the guide whenever I do buy fish - it's a real help. Here's the link: