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Hooked on Sustainability

Jim Gillmore - At-Sea Processors Assoc./Marine Photobank
Jim Gillmore - At-Sea Processors Assoc./Marine Photobank

The National Restaurant Association show is a good time to reflect on the environmental and health implications of the choices we make when we choose seafood at our favorite restaurant or store. In February 2005, the Bering Sea Aleutian Islands pollock fishery was certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. However, according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, while this population of pollock is not currently overfished, there are concerns about species such as Chinook salmon as well as seals and sea lions also being caught unintentionally while fishing for pollock. The mid-water trawls often used to fish pollock also make frequent contact with the seafloor, damaging benthic habitats and other wildlife.

Read the recommendations for pollock and many other fish at MBA Seafood Watch and stay current on your seafood choices.