Get tips on how to purchase contaminate-free, sustainable seafood for your meals, includes organizations to help you make environmentally responsible seafood purchasing decisions and a most sustainable seafood buying list.
Shopping for sustainable seafood. Chef Susan Spicer selects a Louisiana-caught blue crab at New Orleans' Crescent City Farmers Market. Collaborative members serve only sustainably harvested seafoods.
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Learn how to make the best choices when shopping for sustainable seafood for your family.
Quality, contaminate-free seafood is as important to good cuisine as fresh, organically grown vegetables, herbs and fruits.
Overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution has put our oceans — and the creatures in them — in peril. Even some fish farming, or aquaculture, contributes to genetic and chemical pollution. Chefs Collaborative members urge you to be an informed consumer about seafood, whether you choose it from a restaurant menu, catch the fish yourself or buy it at a market.
The Chefs Collaborative's buying guide, Seafood Solutions, help chefs and the general public make environmentally responsible seafood purchasing decisions. The booklet is available from the Chefs Collaborative; Boston, MA; www.chefscollaborative.org. Other sustainable seafood guidelines are available online from the Monterey Bay Aquarium (www.montereybayaquarium.org), the Seafood Choices Alliance (www.seafoodchoices.com) and Audubon (seafood.audubon.org).
Use the list below to shop for the most sustainable seafood. These fish are abundant, responsibly managed, and are fished or farmed in an eco-friendly manner.
Oysters, farmed & Pacific
Rainbow trout, farmed
Rock lobster from California & Australia
Salmon, fresh, from Alaska & California (chinook, coho, keta, pink, sockeye)
Tuna (ahi, albacore and yellowfin)
Doreen Howard is a freelance writer who specializes in stories on food and sustainable gardening.
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