Do you watch which seafood you eat?
When my wife and I visited the San Francisco area last month, we spent a morning enjoying the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey. Whenever we travel, we try to enjoy local foods. So, we figured, we’re on the coast, we should sample more seafood.
We did so, and at one restaurant I ordered a sampler that included tuna, salmon and swordfish. I’d never eaten the latter. It was good, and I ordered a full serving at a Monterey restaurant.
Only after later visiting the aquarium did I learn that swordfish can be one plate to avoid. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch has created a West Coast Sustainable Seafood Guide, which says to avoid imported swordfish but lists U.S. swordfish as a good alternative. I don’t know whether or not the fish I ordered was imported.
The aquarium offers handy little folding cards that list “best choices” along with “good alternatives” and fish to “avoid.” Those to avoid are “overfished or caught or farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment.”
The aquarium is amazing and quite educational. If you’re ever visiting that area, don’t miss it. Before our trip, several Janesville people told us it was worth seeing, and they were right.
Since returning home, I also did something else I’ve never done before. Instead of just grabbing the average can of Bumblebee or Chicken of the Sea, I looked for the guide’s “good alternative” of white Albacore tuna.
A small can cost maybe 60 cents more, and it had a distinctly different taste than my usual purchase, but I don’t eat it every day, so the extra expense was worth it.
Do you eat with an environmental conscience? Do you avoid certain seafoods because of such concerns?