Our dinner options often have a greater impact than we think. This is certainly true when it comes to seafood – we are depleting many of the ocean’s species so quickly that they do not have time to naturally replenish their populations.
A great way to make more sustainable seafood choices is by using a sustainable seafood guide. But honestly, I find them a bit challenging to use. You need to know a lot of information in order to make an accurate decision – information that you often don’t have access to. For example, where the seafood was caught and by what fishing technique.
From my experience with my husband asking for this information at restaurants, they just have no idea how to answer these questions. Hopefully, the more people that ask, the more restaurants there will be that will look into it. It’s also difficult to find this information on seafood packages in the grocery store. I find the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) logo is an easier way to find sustainable options than using the guide:
The best way to eat seafood sustainably is by eating lower on the food chain (for example shrimp instead of swordfish), and by eating much less of it (or none at all!).
Here is a great TED Talk by a chef discussing some ways to eat seafood more sustainably: