Thinking Twice | Lessons in Sustainable Seafood
There are times when I feel the need to backtrack. It happens to the best of us, sometimes more often than we would like to admit. It happened recently, on this blog.
Two Sundays ago, I published a post on grilling fish wrapped in prosciutto. My choice of fish? Monkfish. The monkfish was freshly delivered to my local fish monger the morning I prepared it – the fillets glistened perfectly in its bed of ice, the translucent flesh firm and beautifully hued. It had been quite a long while since I last ate monkfish, so I was excited at seeing such beautiful fillets, and I immediately began to consider how I would prepare it. In that moment, I didn’t think twice.
But I should have.
It was a good lesson for me in thinking twice before purchasing my seafood. I must confess that I am disappointingly not as proactive as I should be. Yes, I have featured companies that are committed to sustainable seafood, and in general, I do aspire to support these sustainable choices. I know the general species to avoid. But there are so many fish in the sea, it is challenging to keep track of every fish that is over-fished, affected regions, and those that sustain undesirable fishing practices.
No more. No more excuses. I now have all that information at my fingertips because I have downloaded Seafood Watch’s App on my mobile phone.
So, no matter where I am, whether at my fish monger, or at a restaurant here or across the country, I can reference the Seafood Watch on my phone. I can even chip in and share when I find Best Choice or Good Alternative seafood with their new Project Fishmap. I have made a promise to myself to be more conscientious, to always think twice before I buy my seafood. I committed myself by pledging to become a Seafood Watch Advocate. If you haven’t explored the wealth of information that Seafood Watch has to offer, I encourage you to spend some time on their site. There are videos, guides, apps, and more to help us understand how to make better choices.
Just between you and me, I admit: I will absolutely miss some of my favorite fish. But perhaps, in time, if more people can make sustainable seafood choices and support ecologically friendly fishing practices, we will be able to enjoy them again…one day.