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Sustainable Fish Guide

3. Sustainable Fish Guide

You’re at the fish counter, faced with a variety of choices. What’s sustainable, what’s healthy, what should you avoid? Three at-the-ready resources offer guidance:

Carry a Pocket Guide: Carl Safina's Blue Ocean Institute (blueocean.org) and Seafood Watch (seafoodwatch.org) have handy wallet-size guides for seafood and sushi that you can download or order.

Download an App: The nifty (free!) Seafood Watch App for iPhone and Android from the Monterey Bay Aquarium offers up-to-date information on sustainable seafood with a user-friendly search box for seafood and sushi. It uses your phone’s GPS to load the right regional guide for your location. If you’re worried about toxins in your fish, the “Health Note” details any health advisory information for the seafood in question. And the newest version, with Project FishMap, lets you contribute to the app by adding the names of restaurants and stores where you've found ocean-friendly seafood and locate businesses where others have found sustainable seafood. Blue Ocean Institute also has a FishPhone iPhone App.

No iPhone? Text 30644 with the word “fish” followed by a space and the seafood you are considering. In about 10 seconds you will get up-to-date information from the Blue Ocean Institute, which has facts and sustainability ratings for more than 90 species of seafood.

Related: 27 Sustainable Seafood Recipes You'll Love

Photo Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium

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