- by KitchenPantryScientist
Eat fish. It’s good for you .
We hear this message over and over, and it’s true. Fish is good for you.
Most people are also aware that eating to much fish can be bad for you too, if it’s the kind of fish that tend to build up heavy metals and pesticides. Farm-raised fish can be full of toxins, depending on how they’re raised. After all, you are what you eat, even if you’re a fish.
Sadly, our appetite for our finny ocean friends has brought many of our favorite fish to the brink of extinction. The majestic Bluefin tuna is almost certainly doomed and many other species are in trouble too. It may not seem like a big deal, but fragile ecosystems hang in the balance.
What can you do to help save our oceans? Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch website and print off a Seafood Watch Pocket Guide to help you select seafood that is both safe to eat and abundant enough to be well-managed and caught in environmentally-friendly ways. They even have a sushi guide.
If you want to shop at a grocery store that sells seafood responsibly, Whole Foods Market seafood department works harder than any other fish market (I know of) to help keep farmed seafood and the environment healthy. They use the Seafood Watch program for wild-caught seafood and buy the rest from Marine Stewardship Council Certified Fisheries. I love their seafood department and I can enjoy their sushi without guilt!
In other words, if you do your homework, you can feel even better about eating fish!
The Monterey Bay is one of my favorite places in the world, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium is an amazing resource teeming with ocean life. Click here to go to webcams at the aquarium where you can watch fish, sharks, jellyfish, otters and more!