Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | February 19, 2009

Environmental lawyer Sanders says guide available to help consumers select sustainable stock of seafood wherever you live or travel.

Like many Americans concerned about eating healthy as I grow older, I am eating more seafood and less red meat.  As such, I am often very concerned about the country of origin of the seafood in my local grocery or fish monger shop.  For example,

I often wonder about the purity of seafood, such as salmon or tilapia, which is raised in China.  That may be due to the fact that I have written about the potential downsides to fish farms, including accumulation of bio-waste and pharmaceutical wastes, and potential spread of disease to wild species from sick farm fish. It may also be due to concerns over raising a food source in highly polluted waters.      

 

According to a recent story in The New York Timest, China is the biggest producer and exporter of seafood in the world, and the fastest-growing supplier to the United States.   But that growth is threatened by the two most glaring environmental weaknesses in China: acute water shortages and water supplies contaminated by sewage, industrial waste and agricultural runoff that includes pesticides. The fish farms, in turn, are discharging wastewater that further pollutes the water supply.  The story is at: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/15/world/asia/15fish.html.

 

Despite such news stories and my personal trepidations, fish farms are here to stay and a growing source of seafood for the American consumer.  Thus, I was very pleased to find a program of Monterey Bay Aquarium designed to raise consumer awareness about the importance of buying seafood from sustainable sources.  The program helps you chose which seafood to buy or avoid to promote sustainable food sources and helps consumers become advocates for environmentally friendly seafood.  

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has partnered with the Seafood Choices Alliance where, along with other seafood awareness campaigns, to provide consumers with recommendations on seafood choices.  You can also print out a handy pocket guide designed to help you choose ocean-friendly seafood wherever you live or travel. The pocket guide is at: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/download.aspx

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