How to Choose the Best Seafood in New Jersey

Like many people who live in New Jersey, I love seafood.  But I frequently wonder if I am buying the best seafood, both for my personal health and for the health of the world’s oceans.

Fisheries around the world are collapsing.  In order to ensure that fish stocks are available for future generations, we need to change how we view seafood.  Not all seafood is created equally – certain species of fish and methods of capture and farming are better choices depending on where you live.

Better practices can create healthy, abundant oceans for everyone.  The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a program called Seafood Watchwhich helps people make seafood decisions that are beneficial to themselves and the environment.

Seafood Watch provides information on which seafood to buy or avoid.  They separate seafood into Best Choices, Good Alternatives and Avoid – it is important to note that the method of capture or farming is incorporated into these choices.  Seafood Watch provides printable pocket guides for your region to help you choose seafood wherever you live or travel.  The program also has an app called “Seafood Watch” which provides smart-phone users with the most up-to-date seafood recommendations.

When buying seafood in the grocery store or ordering seafood at restaurants….

1.  Remember your pocket guide or use your app to check if the seafood you want to buy is the best choice.

2.  Look closely at labels to find where the seafood was caught or raised – this is important in choosing the best seafood.

3.  If there is no information on the label, ask the workers at the grocery store or your waiter at a restaurant – they can provide you with more information.

If you follow the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch guides, you can make better choices which will help the health of our oceans as well as ensure you are eating the best quality seafood.  If you have any further suggestions on healthy seafood consumption, please add them to the comments section.

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