By Marcie Barnes
Photo credit goes to: only_point_five on flickr.
There are a lot of scary things going on in the fishing industry that compel me to remind you to pick and choose which seafood you purchase. This page on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations details the use of things such as poisons, explosives, and “pounding” (oh my!) to name a few.
And then there is overfishing, defined beautifully by the folks at www.overfishing.org:
“Over three quarters of our planet are covered by the oceans. Their biodiversity is unmatched and they contain over 80 percent of all life on earth, mostly unexplored. Millions of people worldwide are depending on the oceans for their daily livelihoods. More and more all this is endangered because of ignorance and a global lack of management.”
For your convenience, I have included a list of what to eat and what to avoid. (This is the Southeast US version, visit http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/download.aspx to download a pocket version to carry in your wallet).
Don’t continue to economically support practices that are destructive to our planet (Some are on the list because of mercury content concerns, link to factsheets for more information.)