If you practice sustainability you have no doubt heard lots of debate surrounding seafood, especially in recent years. There are views and opinions on things like:
- Farmed vs. line-caught
- Fresh vs. frozen
- Land-based vs. offshore aquaculture
When all is said and done, you just want to know, “What can I eat and enjoy while keeping my carbon footprint in check?” Allow us to help. While diving in to our lump crab cakes or seafood-filled Cioppino at our Restaurant you can rest assured the seafood was chosen with The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch in mind.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans. Their Seafood Watch program does this by identifying which seafood is farmed in safe and sustainable ways. On their website they list which ones are the “best choices,” which are “good alternatives,” and those which we should “avoid.” They create these ratings through a rigorous scientific process that takes into account facts like which species are caught with harmful fishing practices, which species are overfished, which species can’t be caught without causing serious damage to the ecosystems, and many other criteria.
You can check out the “free pocket guide” provided on their website. It easily fits in your wallet or purse and will arm you with the knowledge to pick sustainable seafood no matter where you’re eating.
They also have a section that discuses “Super Green” seafood. This list is full of foods that are sustainable and extremely healthy! There’s no downside!
We hope you join us in taking advantage of all the great information their website provides, and we also hope you’ll join us at The Restaurant at Ponte soon! We are now open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays and you can view our lunch, dinner and dessert menus here.
Dive into seafood at The Restaurant
Check out all of the green efforts the Restaurant is making here.
Till next time, The Green Team
— If you know any other resources that point us toward green alternatives, please comment and let us know.
Photo credit: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/download.aspx