Shrimp buffet, maybe not such a good idea after all

Great hat!

Great hat!

Sea food choices to promote healthy oceans. Im not getting all, hippied out or anything, this stuff matters and this is a super cool resource that can help you live with a little less guilt.

I love to eat fish, but sometimes I don’t know what the best choices are. Some fisheries we should not support, many have been way over-fished and others are caught or farmed in ways that screw up the environment. We need to make decisions that protect our fish and the environment they live in so we can deep fry those little crustaceans for generations to come!

The Monterey Bay Aquarium puts together an awesome, little West coast seafood buyers guide to help us make sustainable decisions on the seafood we eat. Three categories to help you out when shopping at Fred Meyer’s or trying to impress your date at Jake’s Crawfish.

Coolest seafoods:

Abalone (farmed)
Arctic Char (farmed)
Barramundi (US farmed)
Catfish (US farmed)
Clams, Mussels, Oysters (farmed)
Cod: Pacific (Alaska longline)+
Crab: Dungeness
Halibut: Pacific+
Lobster: Spiny (US)
Pollock (Alaska wild)+
Rockfish: Black (CA, OR)
Sablefish/Black Cod (Alaska+, BC)
Salmon (Alaska wild)+
Sardines: Pacific (US)
Scallops: Bay (farmed)
Shrimp: Pink (OR)+
Striped Bass (farmed)
Sturgeon, Caviar (farmed)
Tilapia (US farmed)
Trout: Rainbow (farmed)
Tuna: Albacore (US+, BC troll/pole)
Tuna: Skipjack (troll/pole)
White Seabass
And of course: Steelhead, Hatchery (sport caught)

Not the best:

Clams, Oysters* (wild)
Cod: Pacific (trawled)
Crab: King (US), Snow, Imitation
Dogfish (BC)*
Flounders, Soles (Pacific)
Lobster: American/Maine
Mahi mahi/Dolphinfish (US)
Rockfish (Alaska, BC hook & line)
Sablefish/Black Cod (CA, OR, WA)
Salmon (WA wild)*
Sanddabs: Pacific
Scallops: Sea
Shrimp (US farmed or wild)
Spot Prawn (US)
Swai, Basa (farmed)
Sturgeon (OR, WA wild)*
Swordfish (US)*
Tuna: Bigeye, Yellowfin (troll/pole)
Tuna: canned light, canned
Yellowtail (US farmed)

Don’t you dare: **

Chilean Seabass/Toothfish*
Cod: Atlantic
Crab: King (imported)
Dogfish (US)*
Grenadier/Pacific Roughy
Lobster: Spiny (Caribbean imported)
Mahi mahi/Dolphinfish (imported)
Marlin: Blue*, Striped*
Orange Roughy*
Rockfish (trawled)
Salmon (farmed, including Atlantic)*
Shrimp (imported farmed or wild)
Sturgeon*, Caviar (importedwild)
Tuna: Albacore, Bigeye, Yellowfin (longline)*
Tuna: Bluefin*
Yellowtail (Australia or Japan, farmed)

BC = British Columbia, CA = California, OR = Oregon, WA = Washington
* Limit consumption due to concerns about mercury or other contaminants:
**if choosing options from this third category be aware of choking hazards and rogue lightening bolts from Thor’s eye balls
+Some or all of this fishery is certified as sustainable to the Marine Stewardship Council standard:

Best Choices are abundant, well-managed and caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways.

Good Alternatives are an option, but there are concerns with how they’re caught or farmed—or with the health of their habitat due to other human impacts.

Avoid for now as these items are caught or farmed in ways that harm

Your consumer choices make a difference. Buy seafood from the green or yellow columns to support those fisheries and fish farms that are healthier for ocean wildlife and the environment. Eat from the red if you want to choke and die.

Visit for:
• More detailed information about your favorite seafood, including items not listed here
• The most up-to-date version of this guide, other regional guides and a new sushi guide

Updated October 2008

~ by theriverwrites on February 11, 2009.

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