When you open that can of tuna or order those fish sticks, do you know what you're getting? Unfortunately for most Americans, seafood is as mysterious as the beef and pork we so often find on our tables. Despite high mercury levels in farmed fish and practices that are harmful to the environment, there are ways to eat seafood sustainably, and on a budget.
This starts with knowing where your seafood is coming from. Local fish are almost always healthier and more environmentally-sound than fish that have been caught overseas, frozen and transported to the United States. Whenever possible, purchase seafood labeled by the Marine Stewardship Council, which certifies that it's sustainable and safe for the environment.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a comprehensive analysis of what consumers and businesses can do to replenish depleting fish populations and provide high-quality seafood for individuals around the world.
Take the pledge below to educate yourself about sustainable seafood and make smart food choices.
I pledge to take the following steps to learn about sustainable seafood, and to make smart, healthy choices for my own diet: