Finding sustainable fish

There’s a great article in San Francisco Magazine online about the difficulty sourcing sustainable fish. It’s a problem so difficult that even restaurants which take pride in their local, sustainable menus aren’t sure if they’re putting sustainable fish on the menu. It’s a long, detailed article–and completely fascinating. Check it out.

(via Boing Boing)

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  1. Excellent timing- I was going to buy some breaded fish this week because it was on sale. I won’t be doing that now.

    Thanks for this. My husband and I have been trying to buy Alaskan fish because we know that they’ve been fishing sustainably in Alaska since the fifties when they realized it behooved them to do so. We were going to fall off the wagon with the breaded fish (I’m so ashamed to admit it) but in addition to knowing that, it’s good to know when the fish are in season, which I never gave thought to before. So we’ll take the list along when we plan to buy fish, and I’ll treat all the canned fish I have in the cupboard already like the precious little gems that they are! Because I won’t be buying them again, either!

  2. has the best canned tuna. American Tuna’s six fishing families are members of the American Albacore Fishing Association (AAFA). AAFA is the client for the MSC(Marine Stewardship Council) certification. AAFA represents U.S. Pole & Troll Albacore Fishing Vessels. American Tuna’s families are some of the founders of AAFA. Our families felt that the Pole & Troll Albacore Fisherman needed a voice to tell their incredible story, the story of their heritage, sustainable fishing method, and families. By pursuing the MSC certification, our fishery would finally be recognized, world wide, as a sustainable tuna fishery. We are the first and only tuna fishery to be certified by MSC. Now our story is being told around the world and consumers can ask for pole & troll caught albacore. Every can/package/loin of albacore displaying the MSC eco-label can be traced back to the vessel that harvested it.

  3. Of course you can grow your own fish. I’ve been looking into aquaculture lately and I think I’m going to go for it. Apparently you get about a pound of Tilapia per year for every four gallons of water in your pond. They live on the algae that grows in the water. The algae live on the Tilapia poop. Its almost care free once it gets going. You can also add pond plants, crayfish, frogs etc to diversify the mini ecosystem.

  4. I’m also at a loss for sustainable fish. My basic approach has been to not eat fish more than once a month, and never order it from a restaurant. Of course, I live in Missouri, where the temptation is not so great.

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