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KISS - Fish Lists - Red, Yellow, Green

Keep It Simple Stupid - The Monterey Bay Aquariam regularly publishes simple, accessible Fish Pocket Guides to help consumers make sustainable choices.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch - - regularly publishes lists of fish that can and can't be eaten in an ocean-friendly way. This makes it much easier for consumers to make choices.

A fantastic article in San Francisco Magazine notes that "Ten types of fish account for almost 90 percent of our [US] consumption. Just three of those make up 55 percent: shrimp, canned tuna, and salmon." So it doesn't take a particularly long list to help us make good choices as consumers.

Article is here:

Monterey Bay Aquarium makes different lists depending on which part of the country you live in. Attached file is for USA West Coast.

What other foods could we apply this too? Could we localize it for different areas of a country?

One big challenge that the SFMag article notes is that you still have to trust the people that you're getting fish from. In large globalized industries, like fish, the produce may change hands many times before it is consumed and there is an incentive to hike prices by claiming sustainanbility.

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West Coast Seafood Watch List


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Hi Meena, Am loving it - another topic I care passionately about - finally my eclectic interests have an outlet :D Thanks for managing this awesome site.

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