The Sustainable Seafood & Sushi Guide...for your iPhone

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Ap

Over the past few months I've been in meetings with scientists, thought leaders and activists, to discuss the state of our oceans. Overfishing, drag netting, and farmed salmon are resulting in dire consequences.

Will there be edible fish left in 40 years?

That's the billion dollar question.

These days, I'm thinking more about my food and fish is a quagmire of dos and don'ts. Is Albacore from Hawaii okay, or is it British Columbia? Was it squid or octopus stocks that are being decimated?

I've got enough rumbling around in my brain...and thanks to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, they've made conscious eating easier:

Search by type of fish. A handy color-coded grid clearly identifies fish by: Best Choice, Good Alternative, and Avoid.

So next time you're at your favorite sushi bar, ask a few questions. Sure they carry fresh seafood, but where does it come from? (Place of origin is required on shipments.) How is this fish harvested? Is it wild or farmed? Line caught or net?

There are 3 sustainable sushi restaurants in the U.S., Seattle just opened their first. Is your town next?

Consumer demand is a powerful thing.