As meeting planners, we sometimes order meals on a rather large scale. Not just one, but sometimes thousands are served by the choice we make. For that very reason when choosing fish, they should come from a sustainable fisheries. Your purchasing power can make a difference by supporting those fisheries that are better for the environment, while at the same time relieving pressure on others that are not doing as well.
We recommend using a Seafood Watch pocket guide provided by Monterey Bay Aquarium to make choices based on supporting environmentally friendly fisheries and aquaculture operations. Their website http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_aboutsfw.asp provides a wealth of information including how to order the guides for your use.
If you want to impress your clients and friends with your sustainable seafood knowledge (and don’t we all), here is a fun trick! Use the “Fish Phone”. Yes, just text 30644 on your cell phone, type in “fish” and then type in the type of fish you want to know about, say “albacore tuna” for example. A response will come back within a few moments and provide information to help you make a decision. Won’t you be the life of the party?