What were the farming practices or catch methods? How abundant is the species? How healthy is the habitat that supports it? That’s a lot of questions to ask before, “How does it taste?”
With more than 75 percent of the world’s fisheries either fully fished or overfished, it’s more important than ever to choose sustainable species, whether you’re cooking at home or dining out.
Sustainable seafood comes from sources that can maintain or increase production without jeopardizing any related ecosystems. This means seafood that is abundant, well managed, and fished or farmed using environmentally friendly methods.
A Shopper’s Guide to Sustainable Seafood
The fine print matters. Support healthy oceans and eco-conscious harvesting methods by asking questions about the source of your seafood. Here are a few species that are caught or farmed using environmentally friendly methods.
- Catfish (US farmed)
- Clams (farmed)
- Crab (Dungeness or Stone)
- Oysters (farmed)
- Pacific Cod (US non-trawled)
- Pink Shrimp (Oregon)
- Rainbow Trout (US farmed)
- Salmon (Alaskan wild)
- Scallops (farmed)
- Tilapia (US farmed)
And try these recipes too. They’re good reminders that healthy, eco-conscious dining can be darn tasty.