Speaking of being ocean friendly, every choice we make counts. By avoiding unsustainable fish and seafood, we directly decrease the market demand. If we all chip in some effort and make small sacrifices, it IS possible to snuff out depletion caused by over-fishing, bycatch deaths, ocean bottom damage from trawls, and more.
The key word here is choice. I’m a sucker for sushi and sashimi so cutting that from my diet is not an option. I can, however choose ocean friendly varieties.
I don’t know about you but I can’t recite specie origin and fishing method by memory. And Googling every menu item before ordering will undoubtedly annoy your dining company. I recently discovered a simple solution.
Sea Choice has created a smart, visual guide to help us determine the best seafood choices. They categorize farmed and wild species that we commonly find on menus and in stores by how sustainable they are. The best part is they’ve developed a mobile app to remove the “I didn’t know” excuses when we’re picking our nigiri.
3 things I love about this app:
- It searches sushi names and market names.
- A specie’s ocean friendliness can vary, depending on how it’s caught and the country of origin. This app clarifies what to look for.
- The visual colour legend makes it easy to read: best choice (green), some concerns (yellow), and avoid (red).
I took a quick glance through and was relieved that some of my favourite seafood are “green”. I realize that menus often do not specify the source of their product. As a rule of thumb, if the restaurant is unable to tell me where a certain variety comes from, I’ll choose something else. (Omakase, or entrusting your meal in the chef’s hands, can be an exception.)
Go download the app now and feast on some guilt-free sushi.
Is this something that you would use? What other resources helps you make ocean friendly choices? Or do you not really give a crap about sustainable eating?
About Sea Choice (from their website)
SeaChoice: Healthy Choices, Healthy Oceans
SeaChoice, Canada’s most comprehensive sustainable seafood program, is about solutions for healthy oceans. Five internationally respected Canadian conservation organizations—Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, the David Suzuki Foundation, Ecology Action Center, Living Oceans Society and Sierra Club British Columbia—formed SeaChoice to help Canadians take an active role in supporting sustainable fisheries and aquaculture at all levels of the seafood supply chain.
Working in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s acclaimed Seafood Watch program, SeaChoice undertakes science-based seafood assessments, provides informative resources for consumers, and supports businesses through collaborative partnerships.
Our work is funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Webster Foundation, and the Eden Foundation.