Making smart seafood choices

Published February 19, 2009

Around the world, people are eating seafood more than ever before. Everyone has heard the term, sustainable seafood, but what exactly does it mean for consumers? By definition sustainable seafood is seafood from either fished or farmed sources that can maintain or increase production in the future without jeopardizing the ecosystems from which it was acquired. Fishing practices worldwide are damaging our oceans—depleting fish populations, destroying habitats and polluting the water.  The sustainable seafood movement has gained momentum as more people become aware about both overfishing and environmentally-destructive fishing methods. So what can you do? Make ocean-friendly seafood choices when dining out or purchasing seafood at the grocery store. There are plently of sustainable seafood guides available online to help you make smart choices. The National Aquarium supports the Seafood Watch Guide that is prepared by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Interested in learning how to prepare sustainable seafood?  The National Aquarium is introducing a new dining series that celebrates sensible and scrumptious seafood choices. Fresh Thoughts: A Seafood Dining Trilogy will consist of three unique events that feature educational cooking demonstrations and seated dinners overlooking the Aquarium’s coveted view of the Baltimore Harbor. Click here to learn more!  And if you have a favorite recipe or local restaurant that offers sustainable seafood, please share with us.

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