If you're a seafood lover, then the sustainability of the ocean's bounty should be a concern for you. Many fish species are being devastated by over-harvesting or caught using trawling methods that destroy the ocean floor. The result may be that the seafood we take for granted will be unavailable to our children. And, certain species, such as Atlantic Cod, are already basically wiped-out.
Fortunately, there are many types of tasty fish that are plentiful and are readily available. The Monterey Bay Aquarium produces a popular and widely-referenced Seafood Watch guide that identifies which fish are good options and which to think twice about because they’re overfished or contain contaminants like mercury. These guides are available on your mobile phone free of charge to help you make sustainable seafood choices quickly and easily—whether you’re at your favorite restaurant or sushi joint, or shopping at your local market.
To view the guides on your smartphone, simply browse to seafoodwatch.org or download the app for your Apple iPhone or iPod touch. You can search or sort the guides by fish name, and a color-coded grid identifies fish by: Best Choice, Good Alternative and Avoid. Both the online and the iPhone app versions also include Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sushi Guide.