Eating seafood can be so confusing. What’s been overfished? What contains dangerous levels of mercury? Should you buy farmed or wild fish—and does it make a difference?
Now there’s FishChoice.com, a nonprofit website that helps commercial seafood buyers easily find eco-friendly seafood products. After completing the free registration, commercial seafood buyers can gain access to the website’s database of sustainable seafood ranked or certified by environmental groups including the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, the Blue Ocean Institute, the New England Aquarium, FishWise, the Marine Stewardship Council and Sea Choice. The database currently lists more than 300 different products from 130 suppliers including sustainable varieties of shrimp, tuna, salmon, Pollock and tilapia.
FishChoice’s comprehensive list of product information, collected by seafood consultancy Sea Fare Group, includes the supplier name, contact information, product forms, catch methods, gear or farm type and delivery information. Commercial seafood buyers can also submit a request for FishChoice.com to find items that meet their (and their customers') criteria.
Crisp, chopped cucumber salad and lemony carrot vinaigrette are the perfect complements to buttery black cod. The dish is served on an Annieglass pedestal slab. Photo By Batista Moon Studio/NH Archives
Consumers should check out SeafoodWatch for detailed advice on sustainable seafood.
Found your fish? Prepare these delicious recipes for dinner this weekend:
• Thai Shrimp Curry
Shrimp are low in mercury, and Seafood Watch recommends you choose domestic rather than imported shrimp. U.S. shrimp trawlers use turtle-safe nets, and U.S. environmental laws minimize the damage shrimp farms cause to mangrove forests.
• Salmon in Luxurious Green Sesame Pipián
This recipe uses bottled tomatillo salsa and tahini instead of traditional ground pumpkin seeds for the Mexican-style pipián sauce. Seafood Watch recommends Marine Stewardship Council–certified, wild Alaskan salmon because it is low in mercury and contains few or no PCBs.
• Black Cod with Shiso-Cucumber Salad and Carrot Vinaigrette
Shiso is an aromatic green leaf used to flavor Japanese dishes such as sushi and tempura. Seafood Watch recommends black cod from Alaska or British Columbia, where the populations are abundant and the fisheries are well managed. Black cod contains moderate amounts of mercury, so eat this fish no more than twice a month.