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Sustainable Seafood Made Easy

Sustainable Seafood Made Easy

Some scientists are predicting a complete collapse of world seafood stocks by 2050.  Whether or not that comes to pass relies partly on your choice from the seafood menu.

October 11, 2007 —

One of the greatest environmental of the 21st century is overfishing and its toll on marine biodiversity. With an estimated one-third of ocean fisheries already past the point of collapse, some scientists are predicting a complete collapse of world seafood stocks by 2050. If the thought of your favorite species disappearing off the menu scares you, think about the ecological ramifications: beach closures to a rise in harmful algae and coastal flooding.

Luckily, few activists are asking you to entirely give up fish. Some species of fish and methods of catching them are much better than others, and if you're not interested in memorizing the list, there's a free printable guide available from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  It comes in pocket-size to make it handy at a restaurant or fish counter. And if you're dining out at a place that takes its seafood seriously, don't be afraid to ask your waiter about where the fish comes from and how it was caught.

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