Fish list: what happened?

The Fish List is gone. Or at least its home page is, and points back to the Seafood Choices site. The list itself remains, but I don’t know when it was last updated.

This is weird and sort of disturbing. The Fish List was a project among the various organizations who had been keeping lists of environmentally less stupid fish to buy and eat. The Monterey Bay Aquarium, a couple of environmental groups, and a seafood industry group had managed to cooperate enough to make a good list of which fish were more reasonable to eat and healthier. I can only assume the alliance collapsed for some reason. So now we have competing fish lists. The ones I’d seen recommended as pretty authoritative before have differing objectives.

For now I’d recommend the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch which has lots of good info and also little downloadable cards in .pdf so that you can know what you’re doing when buying and eating.

5 thoughts on “Fish list: what happened?

  1. We try to abide by the Seafood Watch list at the restaurant, but find that the Monterey Bay group is highly biased towards the west coast.

  2. I didn’t even know…
    I didn’t know there are web site like that existed… It’s make sense. I personally try to eat wild Alaskan salmons most of the time. I heard they are less contaminated than other kind of fish. Also eating Omega-3 / DHA eggs has somewhat same health benefit as eating fish and to me they are tastier that regular eggs.

    1. Re: I didn’t even know…
      Yeah, farmed fish have less nutrients in them and they’re pretty destructive environmentally. They’re just cheaper. Plus, the wild ones taste a lot better!
      I have been interested since reading The Omnivore’s Dilemna by Michael Pollan which I recommend! It’s a great book about food and where it comes from and why. It’s argumentative and you may disagree with stuff but it’s fascinating.
      Also What to Eat by Marion Nestle, which is an excellent basic book on nutrition that’s full of cool facts.

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