This week’s post comes from Environmental Studies Intern Emi Wong.
Sustainable Seafood Day is coming up! This January 25th, we will be featuring some of the many sustainable seafood options served at the Dining Commons. UCSB uses the Monterey Bay Aquarium guidelines to determine sustainable seafood. Sustainable seafood is defined as “seafood that is fished or farmed in ways that protect sea life and habitats, now and for future generations.” In 2016, Residential Dining Services purchased 99% sustainable seafood! So while you’re eating away at the Dining Commons, your mind can rest easy knowing that the seafood on your plate is environmentally sound.
But how about seafood outside of the Dining Commons? Here in Goleta, there are definitely sustainable options to choose from. Albertson’s, Trader Joe’s, and Sprouts all carry eco-friendly options, but they also carry ones that are not as kind to the environment. Here is a list of sustainable options from these grocery stores:
· Salmon (AK, Canada)
· Clams, mussels, and oysters
· Rainbow Trout (US)
· Tilapia (Ecuador, China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Mexico)
· Catfish (US)
· Pacific Cod (US)
These are just a few of the selections available. To make sustainable grocery shopping easy, Environmental Studies interns (Emi and Alysia) will be passing out handy business cards with a list of sustainable seafood. Keep these cards in your wallet for quick access, or download the Seafood Watch App on your phone at http://www.seafoodwatch.org/.
When eating out at restaurants, ask your waiter if the seafood is sustainable. Typically, wild caught fish and domestic fish are sustainable. Try to avoid imported fish and certain farmed fish. Some of your favorite seafood may also have similar substitutes that are better for the environment. For example, Bluefin tuna is becoming incredibly overfished, and the population is on the verge of collapsing. Albacore tuna is a great alternative. It is close in taste, and it is a “Best Choice” according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium guidelines (if it is troll-caught by the US or Canada).
With knowledge on how to choose sustainable seafood, you can have your sushi and eat it too!