Seafood is often recommended as a healthy source of low-fat protein and, increasingly, it is an important part of conscientious American diets. Yet the methods used to harvest our oceans aren’t always as ecologically sound as we might like to think. As stocks of our favorite fish plummet or become tainted by environmental contaminants, we are forced to acknowledge that the sea is a limited resource that must be managed wisely if future generations are to enjoy its fruits. Among over-fished species scientists recommended we avoid at the dinner table are: Chilean seabass, Atlantic cod, King crab, Monkfish, red snapper, imported swordfish, and bluefin tuna. Good alternatives include: black seabass, bluefish, clams, halibut, herring, lobster, mahi mahi, oysters, squid, domestic swordfish, striped bass, tilapia, and yellowfin tuna. Select one of the fish below to learn more about the issues related to its harvesting and how you as a consumer can make an intelligent mealtime decision.
Sources: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Oceans Alive