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#1 Rocha


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Posted 19 January 2007 - 12:17 AM

Hi all,

We have talked a lot lately about shark fin soup, fishing in protected areas, etc. I for one have stopped eating reef fish completely, but an informed decision is best in some cases. With that in mind, I thought it was a good idea to start this thread and post some links about sustainable (and non-sustainable) sea food. Here is what I think is one of the best guides in the web:

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program

If you didn't know the site, please check it out, there is a lot of information about what is best to eat and what to avoid. Also, please feel free to post links to other similar sites here if you know any. I think that we as divers and underwater photographers should be the "firsts" to do our part to conserve ocean resources.


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Posted 19 January 2007 - 02:09 AM

good link Luiz, thanks for posting

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 08:51 AM

In Britain the Marine Conservation Society have been active in this area and publish a book about sustainable fisheries - for more info have a look at:

http://www.mcsuk.org...ainable seafood

and follow links to associated topics.

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 10:34 AM

not much help for most of you, but the Dutch Northsea foundation has published a site http://www.goedevis.nl (goodfish) in which fish are identified by a traffic light (Red, dont, yellow, second choice, Green, allright)

They based it on stock depletion and the way in which fish are caught or bred


PS: Paul I came across quite a lot pictures of you today on the ICES website...


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Posted 24 January 2007 - 04:36 PM

There are a number of different programs, many of them using a similar color-coded format. Monterey pretty much paved the way, but there are some others now that have slightly different lists or different criteria. They're all worth checking out because you can figure out which one is the best fit based on your particular concerns (stocks, incidental takes, healthy issues, socio-economics, trade, etc.). Maybe someday we'll be able to plug our individual concerns into a program and it'll just spit out a list of what we should and shouldn't eat.

Blatant plug: My girlfriend works for one called the Sustainable Fisheries Initiative, at the New England Aquarium. The tactic they use is to work with retailers and wholesalers so that sources of seafood like Stop & Shop and Giant don't even sell things that they shouldn't, like Chilean sea bass (Patagonian toothfish). That way the consumers don't have to bring a wallet card with them when they go get some fish at the store: everything in the case is sustainable. Or at least that's the idea.

The Marine Stewardship Council's certification process is making a lot of waves, but unfortunately fisheries have to pay for the certification, and it's quite costly. Thus far only a handful of fisheries are MSC certified. I know that Maine lobstermen are trying to decide whether to fork over the money to get MSC certified so that Walmart will sell their lobsters. Walmart is trying to shift their seafood sales to entirely MSC-certified stuff.

Anyhow, thanks for starting the thread. It's an important topic.
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Posted 02 February 2012 - 06:50 PM

There's an app for that now:

Also, the new 2012 fish are on it. I have printed, bought and distributed hundreds of these, people seem to be receptive if I take time to explain the plight of swords or marlin.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:47 PM

For those in Australia the Australian Marine Conservation Society has a few options

Australia's Sustainable Seafood Guide

I'm waiting for them to bring out the app for Android although I already have the booklet.


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Posted 03 February 2012 - 02:22 AM

For those in Australia the Australian Marine Conservation Society has a few options

Australia's Sustainable Seafood Guide

I'm waiting for them to bring out the app for Android although I already have the booklet.



Looking at that list there is not much left to eat...I had a Blue Grenadier the other night for the first time and loved it....but it is a "Say No" species....guess I will avoid it now...funny thing is, apparently none (or few) of the better choice species are in the shops...

Plenty sheep left, I will concentrate on them!!