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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.)

    • Explore the Marine Stewardship Council website to find out Where to Buy Sustainable Seafood in your community.
    • Call the Blue Ocean Institute's "FishPhone." If you're unsure about whether the fish available at a local market or restaurant is sustainable, you can send a text message reading "FISH," along with the kind of fish you're considering, to 30644. You'll get an instant reply about how healthy your choice is for you and the planet. NOTE: standard text messaging rates will apply. Learn more about FishPhone in Scientific American.
  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?
  3. As a class, you may wish to consider encouraging businesses in your community to stock sustainable seafood. You can do this by sending them a letter or postcard like the ones available from The Marine Stewardship Council or The Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program.