Saturday, August 18, 2012

Food friendly fish


Sustainable Fish Options for the Summer Dinner Table


We often play on the surface of our planet, and usually this is just our local environment, so it is easy to forget that we have so many different ecosystems on this globe! There is nothing like swimming with leopard sharks, sting rays, huge bass and other marine life to remind you of the beautiful diversity within our oceans. As close as I live to the beach I don’t make it half as much as I would like to, but this month I have been fortunate to have several close encounters with a slew of fishy friends at both the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the USC Wrigley Institute on Catalina Island. They have reminded me of the impact that we have on the oceans as fish consumers and pollution makers.

It was a treat to be so close to the marine life. We got to watch them, touch them, and swim along side of them which was very cool. At the Wrigley Institute, Marine Researchers shared details about their discoveries and connected the links between our level of interconnectivity with the oceans (whether we are aware of this or not). Both of my kids were in total awe of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. My daughter even started to put two and two together, making associations between what she was seeing, our pet fish “Jewel,” and the sauced up filets that usually end up on her dinner plate. She kept asking me “Mommy, can we eat that one?” which got me thinking about the choices that I make when selecting my seafood for meals.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a great snap shot resource called the Seafood Watch which offers suggestions for “Best Choices” in fish to combat destructive fishing and poor farming practices. On their website you can learn more about the differences between wild-caught and farmed fish and the sustainability issues related to both. DOWNLOAD one for your region today, or get their APP for iPhone or Android to stay in the know while on the go.

Turtle at Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey Bay Aquarium Fish Monterey Bay Aquarium Touch Tank Monterey Bay Aquarium Welcome Sign Leopard Sharks in the cove on Catalina Island Research Tanks at USC Wrigley Institute

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