How to Shop for Sustainable Fish

For fish to be considered sustainable, it must be caught or farmed in 
a way that doesn’t harm the environment and in which fish can thrive in the future, says Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, the director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. These eco-friendly tips will help you navigate the potentially murky waters.

1

Use Your Smartphone

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Photo by Peter Oumanski

What’s sustainable one day may not be the next, so download the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch app to stay abreast. Alaskan salmon and Pacific cod are usually smart picks.

2

Look for Labels

From the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). Fisheries using these identifiers are independently monitored. However, labels like “fair trade” and “dolphin safe” don’t necessarily address all issues, says Jon Corsiglia, the U.S. media manager for the MSC.

3

Buy Locally Caught

And ask if that is 
unclear. This usually lowers the footprint of transporting seafood.