Eat Right with Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch
April 25, 2009Posted by andrew |
One of our favorite destinations for a family road trip is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The aquarium is not only a world famous attraction, but an international leader in environmental education and the fight to save the world's oceans.
One of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's most immediate and accessible conservation efforts is their Seafood Watch program. The goal of Seafood Watch is to raise consumer awareness about the need to choose seafood from sustainable sources, and to advocate for environmentally friendly seafood.
Search their online seafood guide to find your best seafood choices. Each variety of seafood is listed by name (i.e. Flounder), rating (ranging from "AVOID" to "BEST CHOICE"), common market names (Fluke, Sole...), origin (Atlantic), and method of harvesting (wild-caught), as well as a full description, explanation, and, if needed, a list of alternatives. You can download and print a pocket-sized Seafood Watch guide to take with you to the fish market or when dining out, and even access it on your iPhone or other mobile device!
There's more information on their seafoodwatch.org website than we can possible go through here, so it's definitely worth checking out if you're a seafood lover. Their website also contains a wealth of other conservation information, from the aquarium's efforts on Great White Shark research to Sea Otter conservation.