Initial Publication Date: August 12, 2008

Are You Going to Eat That?

Part C: Sustainable Seafood in Your Community

Seafood is likely available at markets and restaurants in your home town, but do you know whether or not retailers in your community obtain their fish from sustainable sources?

Image courtesy of Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, Washington.

1. With your group, research the availability of seafood in your community. Create a report that answers the following questions as thoroughly as possible:

  • Where are fish sold/served in your community?
  • What types of fish are available at each of these establishments?
  • Where does the fish come from? (If possible, also find out how it is caught.)
  • How does the price of fish vary from place to place?
  • What species of fish is most widely available in your community?
  • Are any of the species you found sold/served facing depletion? (Use your seafood guides to help you determine this information.)

2. Create charts or graphs that you think best convey the data you have collected (e.g., pie charts, bar graphs, etc.). 

Checking In

  • Were you able to find retailers and/or restaurants in your community that carry seafood with the MSC label? How many?
  • Did any retailers or restaurants use other guidance labels to certify their catch? How do they compare?

Optional Extensions

Diversity is the Key to Eating Sustainable Seafood video from CBS News

Consumers crave a better "understanding of the story behind the food"