Okay, even I admit it. Using the SeaChoice seafood guide doesn't always make shopping for seafood easy. It's a handy tool with a lot of helpful information, but at times there are almost too many details to consider. And even when you know what type of seafood you are looking for, it's often difficult to find seafood labels or staff knowledgeable enough to help answer all of your questions.
Take tuna for example. It's listed under red, yellow and green. I always get asked, "How can tuna be one of the best and worst choices on the guide?" It all comes down to three key questions: What species it is, and both how and where it was caught or harvested. Depending on these answers, you can make a better decision for our oceans with albacore tuna, or a devastating choice with the endangered bluefin tuna.
So if you are a seafood lover like me, and you want an easy way to enjoy seafood from time to time without destroying our oceans, I encourage you to check out Suzuki's Top Ten Sustainable Seafood Picks. In a way, it's like a seafood guide for dummies. David Suzuki loves his fish and this list helps take out some of the confusion for Canadians by giving helpful hints and tips on the easiest way to make the right seafood choices. And don't worry, we tried to choose popular options that Canadians not only love, but that are also available in most regions of Canada.
Print off a copy for your fridge and the next time you feel like having seafood for dinner, use your consumer power and make a better choice for both you and our oceans. And if you are looking for inspiration for dinner, check out our website for more details on these fish including recipes from some of Canada's top chefs.
Lana is the senior program coordinator for the marine and freshwater conservation team at the David Suzuki Foundation.