Oct 24, 2008

Science Scene - Sustainable Sushi :o)

Note: this entry is applicable to all seafood, not just Sushi.

What a coincidence - The October 27, 2008 edition of Time had an article about how we can recover from the overfishing of the oceans, and how consumers can help. In the article the following paragraph was included:

"Consumers also can help save the seas - through the fish they buy. To that end, California's Monterey Bay Aquarium, along with the Blue Ocean Institute and the Environmental Defense Fund, is coming out with pocket guides to sustainable sushi."

Best - farmed bay scallops, farmed striped bass, farmed oysters, farmed trout, Alaska wild Salmon and Pollock, U.S. Spiny Lobster.

Avoid - Chilean sea bass, Atlantic Cod, Groupers, Atlantic Halibut, Mahi-mahi, Orange Roughy, farmed or Atlantic Salmon, Sharks, imported Swordfish, imported King Crab, imported Spiny Lobster, imported Shrimp, Bluefin Tuna, any Tuna caught on a long line, imported Caviar, Lake Huron/Michigan Trout.

The coincidence comes in because our friends Kim and Steve had recently sent us our Seafood Watch pocket guides from the Monterey Aquarium (Steve takes his 7th grade class there every year :o)

To learn more, please go to www.seafoodwatch.org. You can download your own guides!


  1. Oh this was interesting. I sent my Hubby the link b/c he is a big sushi eater.

  2. How funny that they mentioned the cards that Kim and Steve sent! I put mine in my purse, and checked the seafood at the grocery store the other day. Most everything was labeled, but there weren't a lot of good choices! I'm going to check every time now.


  3. I think it's a great thing that people take some responsibility with the things we indulge in. While sushi would be quite safe if the world were like me (sorry, just don't like it, as much as I've tried!) I applaud your efforts with awareness here!

  4. I'll be heading over there and downnloading the guide even though I don't eat sushi. But I saw plenty of other seafood mentioned as well. It's about time people start to realize the creatures in our oceans need help too. great entry.

  5. Bucko:

    I have been following these matters for quite some time, and I'm glad you put this in your entry! I have seen RFK Jr. speak on envirnmental subjects, and you should read about the East Coasts dilema. There are bodies of water that are deadzones, they have no life in them. I can't remember the names of the lakes and rives right now, but it is very scarry how we have poisened and depleted some of our Natural resources. Believe it or not but RFK Jr. is the one who got me to become a non member of any party. A Democrat got me to fully see that we need to work together as Americans on all issues! I feel that if we work together on the issue of the environment, we can slow down the process. Thank you for your entry, and keep spreading the message of hope!

    Write On!

  6. Ewwww. I can't do sushi but I do love sea food, especially lobster and shrimp. I'll check it out. Very interesting.
    Hugs, Joyce

  7. "Fish are friends, not food" I've joined with the sharks and am trying to end my addiction to seafood. LOL.. not really... I'm not a big fan of seafood at all, but I think Sea World also hands out the sustainable fish card. I hope more people become aware.

  8. Thank you for the information Ken, I have written it down and will use it as a guide. Blessings* Teresa

    P.S. have a great weekend you two!!

  9. I like the Meez! Maybe he'll calm down in the next couple of days and quit dancing like MC Hammer. LOL

  10. Avatar calmed down, now doing a happier dance :o)

  11. Oh I do love seafood & Marv loves Sushi, so I will check out the link...thanks for making me more aware.:)

    Pooh Hugs,

  12. Just discovered your blog. Hope you will let your readers know about my sustainable seafood blog event - just seven days left to send a recipe in or take the sushi challenge. (btw,not all sushi is fish!)

    Stop by to join top chefs, award-winning writers and bloggers, home cooks like us, for Teach a Man to Fish. We're sharing recipes, tips and resources I add in to the roundup...

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  13. I can't even look a Sushi, but my daughter loves it. As a matter of fact, when she was in recovery for Anorexia, at first, all she would eat was Sushi! YUK

  14. First of all, love your Meez! Thanks for this write up. I've written down what the list up of what to order for seafood. Anything I can do to help the environment and an earthly species. (Hugs)Indigo

  15. I always learn something from you. I eat a lot of seafood because they tell me it's good for you and I want to live to be 100. I will definitely get my own seafoodwatch guide. Good info.

  16. quite interesting
    and how does buying one seafood instead of another help you know the big picture?
    I love fish BTW but I would like them to survive.


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