In the quest to be ocean-friendly, every choice we make counts. By avoiding unsustainable fish and seafood, we directly decrease the market demand. If we all chip in some effort and make small sacrifices, it is possible to snuff out depletion caused by over-fishing, bycatch deaths, ocean bottom damage from trawls, and more.
The key word here is choice. I'm a sucker for sushi and sashimi so cutting that from my diet is not an option. I can, however, choose ocean-friendly varieties.
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I don't know about you but I can't recite species origin and fishing method by memory. And Googling every menu item before ordering will undoubtedly annoy your dining company. I recently discovered a simple solution.
SeaChoice has created a smart, visual guide to help us determine the best seafood choices. They categorize farmed and wild species that we commonly find on menus and in stores by how sustainable they are. The best part is that they've developed a mobile app to remove the "I didn't know" excuses when we're picking our nigiri.
3 things I love about this app:
- It searches sushi names and market names.
- A species' ocean friendliness can vary, depending on how it's caught and the country of origin. This app clarifies what to look for.
- The visual colour legend makes it easy to read: best choice (green), some concerns (yellow), and avoid (red).
I took a quick glance through and was relieved that some of my favourite seafood is "green." I realize that menus often do not specify the source of their product. As a rule of thumb, if the restaurant is unable to tell me where a certain variety comes from, I'll choose something else. ( Omakase, or entrusting your meal in the chef's hands, can be an exception.)
Go download the app now and feast on some guilt-free sushi.
Melody Fury is a member of the SeaChoice ambassador group that recently joined the David Suzuki Foundation to help spread the word about ocean-friendly seafood. You can read the original post about the SeaChoice app on GourmetFury.com .