andrew schneider investigates

February 14, 2008

Which fish to buy

Filed under: Food additives,Food Safety,Seafood,Sustainable food — Andrew Schneider @ 21:53

After I offered a link to the wallet-sized card showing which fruits and vegetables have the most or the least pesticides, many of you asked if there was a similar guide to buying the safest and most sustainable seafood. The fine people at the Monterey Bay Aquarium came through and supplied Seafood Watch’s 2008 guide to most eatable water creatures.

In fact, this is a link, to a page where Sea Watch offers seven guides, in Spanish and English for each region of the country and Hawaii. There is even a way to have the latest seafood alerts sent to your cell phone.

The ocean research group says its pocket guides have been updated with the most current information.

“Many of you have been telling us that you noticed King crab from Russia was being sold in the U.S. as Alaskan king crab. We’ve changed the listing and now recommend king crab (U.S.) as a good alternative and all imported king crab as something to avoid,” they say.

“Like to eat tuna? Albacore tuna caught by trolling and pole-and-line is an ocean-friendly option and now you can buy Pacific albacore eco-labeled by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Look for the blue + symbol on our pocket guides for certified fisheries and for the MSC blue eco-label when you buy seafood.

“We have also updated several of our science reports–crab: Dungeness and king; tuna: Albacore; Basa, Swai (previously Basa/Tra) and several Gulf of California species (Corvina, octopus, jumbo squid, spiny lobster and totoaba). Check out our user-friendly notes or our more in-depth scientific report for each of the species listed on our pocket guides.”

Good eating

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