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August 26, 2010

A New Sustainable Seafood Guide

Use a seafood guide to find out if this tilapia is sustainable These days, seafood lovers are swimming in information about sustainable eats. We've mentioned the classic Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, as well as other helpful fish-finding tools such as Fish2Fork, Greenpeace's Supermarket Scorecard, and Sustainable Sushi. Now there's a new guide on the block: Food and Water Watch's Smart Seafood Guide.

This resource is notable for its inclusion of the socioeconomic impacts of seafood production in addition to sustainability and health considerations. The guide is organized by region as well as by culinary attributes – a helpful distinction if your mouth waters for steak-like fish, but you're not too excited about mild fish, for example. There's also a quick list of the Dirty Dozen, types of fish that fail at least two of Food and Water Watch's criteria for safe and sustainable seafood.

--Della Watson

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