By Kate McLaughlin, Blue Ocean Institute
Kate McLaughlin has studied fish all over the country—from herring in Massachusetts’s rivers to Steelhead Trout in northern California. She is currently Blue Ocean Institute’s Seafood Program Director.
Eight conservation groups in the U.S. & Canada teamed up to get the word out about ocean-friendly seafood. The message? Look for ocean-friendly seafood choices that you can be happy about.
Why should people Be Happy about their seafood choices?
Seafood can be a great addition to any family’s menu. Who doesn’t want a low-fat, high omega-3 addition to their dinner plate?
And just as you’re thoughtful about other environmentally-responsible choices you make (like recycling, or buying farmers market vegetables), you can be thoughtful about your seafood choices and be happy with the results.
People can go to www.facebook.com/BeHappyFish to learn more about ocean-friendly seafood, find family- (and ocean!) friendly recipes, , and show support for the ocean by signing a pledge to support ocean-friendly seafood or posting a pic of your best fish face.
What are some ocean-friendly choices that people can be happy about?
Farmed mussels are a great choice. Mussels can filter 10-15 gallons of water a day, eating microscopic plankton they strain out of the water. Since mussels filter their food from their surroundings, we don’t have to catch wild fish to feed to them (as is the case with some farm-raised seafood, like Atlantic salmon).
In the above list of ocean-friendly choices, there’s a mix of farmed and wild fish. Should people be asking where their fish comes from and whether it’s farmed or wild?
Asking where your seafood comes from is a great first step in getting to know the fish you’re eating. Next time you’re at the store, look for signs in the seafood case that note whether it’s farmed or wild, and you’ll see there’s more farmed seafood out there than you might have guessed.
(Did you know that half of the seafood produced globally comes from fish farms?)
Why is Blue Ocean involved with the Be Happy outreach effort?
Blue Ocean works with seafood lovers, scientists, and chefs to communicate the science of seafood. And now we’ve teamed up with seven other organizations in the U.S. & Canada to help more people from coast-to-coast find seafood choices they can be happy about.