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With the likes of Frankenfish and mercury-ridden tuna looming in the deep end, many chefs like Stephen Barber of Fish Story restaurant in Napa, California, are putting their money where their fishing line is and seeking out eco-friendly, "sustainable" seafood.
In the case of seafood, sustainably sourced refers to the harvesting method and consumption level that won't significantly disturb the surrounding ecosystem and allows the species to uphold a healthy population level.
Five Reasons to Eat Sustainable Fish: Stephen Barber
The subject of sustainable fish has become a very hot topic - but what makes a fishery “sustainable” has become somewhat complex. There is a lot of information out there for consumers and several organizations from which to get it, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Marine Stewardship Council and Blue Ocean Institute. So, the question is, “where is one to take their sustainable cues from?” I would encourage everyone to do their own research and make their own decision. At Fish Story in Napa, and every other Lark Creek restaurant, we rely on the Monterey Bay Aquarium. All fresh fish and shellfish at Fish Story are sourced in accordance with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program. Here is a list of five reasons for choosing sustainable fish that I think everyone can agree on.
1. To ensure the health of our future fish populations
"If we want to have enough safe fish in the future, we all will benefit from eating fish that is caught or raised responsibly. Studies have shown that 75 to 80 percent of the global fisheries are fully fished or overfished."
2. The choices we make as consumers over time will drive the marketplace
"Your choices are important and over time will lead more fisheries to sustainable practices."
3. Your health
"When considering which fish to eat with the least amount of contaminants choose small, fast growing species like anchovies, sardines and shellfish. Eating lower on the food chain reduces the risk of impurities and toxins."
"Knowing how your fish got on the plate is important. Some methods such as bottom trawlers can cause huge damage to coral reefs and the ocean floor. Other methods can unintentionally catch non-targeted species."
5. Longevity of fishing as an industry and tradition
"For many families, fishing is not just a way to put food on the table, it's tradition."
If you have the option, buy local fish or at least from the United States. The U.S. has some of the strictest fishing regulations in the world, plus you're helping to support our fishing industry."
Previously – "Whole Foods launches sustainability ratings", "Chef Rick Moonen shares 5 fish that deserve a break" and "Dinner and the deep blue endangered sea"
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@bob..it is too bad you're easily distracted by crystal-waving hippies.. protesting GMO food and .. the problems of genetic engineering. Here is some really good mainstream information for you to check out, no hippies, only straight up science and farmers...and we all like farmers, right?
Here is a great free movie to watch that will explain some
very real issues that does not include hippies:
Never eat farmed fish. Always eat wild. Farmed is often injected with hormones and antibiotics, and fed unnatural diets like corn and soy.
Your crap still stinks and pollutes our rivers. So shut up and eat your gruel, and I'll eat my fishies and anything else that moves... er used to move. Now back to my medium rare panda steak.
Vegans all like to scat on each other. Meat makes your poo stank, so to avoid tossing some vomit in the fun, they refrain from meat.
Why don't you eat a polar bear liver instead?
I'm going to eat my weight in raw salmon tomorrow. Who's with me?
Eating fish is NOT good for health. Fish contains methyl mercury, a known causer of brain defects. It is cruel for the fish. How would you feel if I held your head under water? Well that's how the fish feels when you take it out of the water. Everyone please GO VEGAN for your health, for the animals, and for the Earth!!!
And cauliflower is poisonous in large amounts. Your point?
Your argument sucks.
Dangers of eating raw vegetables.
Let us look at the dangers of food coming not from the man-made pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides, but from the true danger, that is the fresh and natural poisons manufactured by the plant to stay alive and be able to multiply.
There are four categories of chemical armaments that salad deploys against human predators: nutrition blockers, toxins, mutagens (which alter genetic material), and carcinogens.
Nutrition blockers are chemicals that bind with some desirable vitamins or minerals and prevent your body from absorbing it.
Oxalic acid in raw spinach forms an insoluble complex with calcium and iron and renders uncooked spinach a non-nutritious green. The same is happening in raw beet green, Swiss chard and rhubarb. (But eating raw rhubarb could produce death due to toxic anthraquinone glycosides.)
Antithiamine substances bind with the vitamin B thyamine and stops its absorption. They are in raw red cabbage, Brussels sprouts and beets. Similarly in in mustard seeds, some berries, cottonseed oil and some ferns (fiddlehead).
Raw egg contains avidin, which binds up the vitamin B (biotin) and acts the same way.
Uncooked grain protein (wheat germ) which contains magnesium, zinc and copper, is bound by phytates. Raw soybeans contain neutralizing agent to vitamin B12 and vitamin D.
Raw kidney beans, alfalfa and some of the peas block the vitamin E and could cause in some incidences a liver disease.
Protease (enzyme that breaks down proteins) inhibitors in raw turnips, rutabagas, chickpeas, bamboo sprouts, cashews, peanuts, and most beans counteract the enzymes in our body that digest protein. The same way amylase inhibitors in raw red kidney beans and navy beans make their carbohydrate unusable.
These salad ingredients act as anti-nutrient only in their raw state. It is important to know the right method, temperature and cooking time for each vegetable.
Toxins are chemical compounds in food that are toxic when consumed in small or large quantities.
Cyanogens are found in Lima and other broad beans. They are also in unripe millet, young bamboo shots, cassava, manioc and tapioca. They must be carefully peeled, washed under running water and boiled without a lid.
Goitrogens are chemicals that cause extreme enlargement of the thyroid glands among people with little iodine, by preventing intake of iodine from the food. Goitrogenes are found in raw cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, turnips, rutabagas, cauliflower, mustard seeds and horse radish. These are broken down by cooking.
Chickpeas could cause lathyrism (neurological lesions of the spinal cord.) The sale of chickpeas is illegal in many states in India. If you soak chickpeas overnight and cook them in excess of boiling water, they will not give you lathyrism.
Favism is a disease named after fava bean. Mild cases could result in fatigue and nausea, acute cases in jaundice.
Cooking will not protect you if you make potato salad with green immature potatoes, which could contain LETHAL mount of solanine in their sprouts and skin.
Undercooked kidney beans (al-dente) contain hemagglutinins, which make your blood cells stick together and account for poor growth among children.
Soyabean sprouts and yams are high in estrogenic factors that can inflict havoc with woman’s hormones.
Aflatoxin is among the most potent carcinogen known and is present in the mold contaminated grain and nuts. Almost as hazardous are the hydrazines in some raw molded mushrooms or basil which contains lots of estragole. Safrole is a compound related to estragole and it is the reason natural root beer is now banned by the FDA.
That much about salad components. And what about raw fruits? Unlike the antisocial vegetable, ripe fruit is friendly and loves to be eaten and have it seeds widely dispersed.
(Sources: Bruce Ames, chairman of the biochemistry department at Berkeley. Jeffrey Steingarten food writer at Harvard College. Awards from James Beard foundation.)
Sooo... we should all become frugivores?
Sustainable fish is about as believable a scam as carbon taxes. Given the amount of people living on this planet, anything short of a vegetarian diet is simply not sustainable in the medium to longer term. Most scientific estimates expect the oceans to have non-functional eco-systems within the next twenty to thirty years, largely due to over-fishing. I recommend a thorough Harper's Magazine reading as well as Monbiot's "Heat". Anyway, any kind of thorough research is likely to prevent unfortunate "cheerleader" articles like this one.
The fact of the matter is that fish is not widely available to 90% of the population of the U.S. Sure we can buy frozen fish but that is not what drives the fish market. Fresh fish is not available to the public. Until it is, and the general population gets over its stigmas about it, that this issue becomes something the population can compensate for. I hope to see that day because I love fish, but I feel as if I wont.
In a few years, I think we would only look for these fishes in book .
Chef Barber, I think it is great that you are sourcing fish just based on the seafood watch program. I believe as culinary leaders who want to foster sustainable seafood just going by MSC and Seafood Watch is not enough. These are great organizations doing very good things. However, they both say that Alaska wild salmon is sustainable. Keep in mind that 72% of the commercial chum harvested in Alaska in 2009 were of hatchery origin and that if you remove Bristol Bay from the equation over 40% of the commercial harvest in Alaska is of hatchery origin...and over 5 Billion hatchery fish are released into the Pacific Ocean every year. Pacific Salmon are not sustainable. Bristol Bay is the only large scale sustainable salmon fishery left in North America.
We need true culinary leaders right now. Not people like Rick Moonen saying 'eat lower on the food chain and give the big 5 a break' and when I review his menu it is full of lobster, crab, tuna, shrimp....and there are no dishes featuring herring or other small fish.
MSC and Seafood Watch are minimums. Culinary leaders need to go beyond and serve salmon safe wine from Sokol Blosser and salmon safe eggs from Wilcox farms. Culinary leaders need to be talking about shortening the supply chain so that globally the average exvessel rate paid to fisherman is greater then $.50 a pound. There are real issues that leaders need to be speaking about.
What about the fish????? What the hell is this? I know why its good, I don't know which ones are in season for "green" dining.... And there are other eco-friendly fish aside from salmon....
Please stop using the term "Frankenfish" – it's insulting to Monster-Americans!
Yaay!....more healthy eating suggestions by a chef with nicotine stained teeth and a double chin.
10 years from now, Detroit will be the pride of the auto industry, Texas the pride of the digital age, New York will continue to be a magnet for investors, .... and California will be bankrupt, but still saving the Dolphins.
So in a year when food prices are set to skyrocket you want us to start being choosy about where our fish comes from and how it's caught? If we all start buying fish that meets these requirements the prices are going to fly up faster then an Asian Carp in a whirlpool.
"They eat each other. I see no reason I can't eat them" –Benjamin Franklin
I enjoy the taste of pollack, baked in the microwave, four minutes, each side, with margarine and lemon pepper seasoning. Yum – Yum!
iPad 2 is coming out. That is far more important than this sustainable crap.
yeah I'm going to take health advice from a chef....I don't eat factory fish
What are factory fish?
A lot of frozen fish is from Asia. Eat only "wild caught" not "farm raised." Farm raised is not good for you.
What makes you think that farm raised fish is bad for you?
Actually, there is a best reason, prevent the extinction of numerous species of fish.
I guess farmed is the only sure way to insure sustainability....The "wild" stuff out of alaska, is really farmed into fry, and then turned loose in the lakes, to grow, and then go to see and come back, so it is farmed too...
Farmed yes but in a sustainable way that takes the ecosystem and social factors into consideration. Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture is really the most viable solution that is available at the moment. It's important to also point that aquaculture should not be looked at as a replacement for the fishing industry but as a compliment to the industry.
Farmed fish is also a good way to go. The idea that Salmon's flesh is dyed is a myth, the color comes from astaxanthin in the the food (derived from krill) and also is natural in the salmons diet. Other myths about salmon farming are that it takes 3 lbs of wild fish to produce 1 lb of salmon.. This is now ~1.4 lbs of feed (of which only about 50% of which is from fish meal) to 1 lb of Salmon... Check out aquaculture feed suppliers like silver cup for a nutritional break down of salmon feed. The sea lice argument is still being debated also...
But aside from Salmon there are farmers growing Tilapia which are a lower trophic level fish that do not have any mercury or heavy metals due to the fact that they mostly eat phytoplankton.
Farmed fish do have a positive impact on fish stocks if they are grown in land based facilities.. Definitely worth considering.
They have mad cow disease...
I woulnd't be surprised to see that thrown out as an argument.
Here is an excellent pamphlet on PCBs in our food, for those that are wondering/concerned
Not one of the reasons was related to their tasting good. If I was going to rely on my superego to tell me what to eat, I'd be eating broccoli, so to me this list fails.
THE number 1 reason to eat natural, fresh caught fish is (drumroll please) farm raised fish tastes lousy and you can't make me eat it !!!
Forget all of the crazy eco-labels and claims of sustainability. Here is one rule that will not fail:
LOOK AT COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELLING AND ONLY BUY AMERICAN
We have strong fisheries management back by NMFS and Magnusen-Stevens, other places don't. ITS THAT SIMPLE.
YES! Those Chinese fishes are made of lead...
Those Chinese fish are made of lead...
What a better way if you can make sustainable fish affordable for everyone! It would attract more public attention to protect the ocean and the environment.
I am a 3rd generation fisherman and the Alaskan waters of Bristol Bay where we fish are very healthy. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has done a great job of putting fish first and harvest 2nd. For this reason we are harvesting as much fish now (I'm 32) as when my grandparents started in 1948. We vacuum seal and freeze it on-site and distribute it directly to individuals, restaurants, and markets in our neighborhoods where we winter down south.
#2 is SUPER important, and it has made our fishery turn 180 degrees in the past 10 years. North American consumers are choosing healthier wild salmon over farmed salmon and it is saving and creating jobs across Alaska.
I'm a first generation worker at McDonalds.
And I'm sure your IQ reflects that admirably!
Bristol Bay, Alaska is home to the world's greatest sustainable wild salmon resource. Foreign mining companies are going to destroy it by building the an enormous gold and copper mine at its headwaters. HELP STOP THE PEBBLE MINE IN SOUTHWEST ALASKA!!!
You guys are still bitching about that? Shut up.
I eat sustainable cows.
And I eat sustinable hot dogs!
And the Lord said that all is put on earth for consumption of man...
Oh, by the way, lets just impower someone else to control the flow of availability so they can dictate the price (like oil companiesy). We can regulate the rape of our ecosystems if we regulated our ability to reproduce!
Thats right! Eat up all those fishies! Who cares if they live? We don't need them anyways...
Ever eat a pine tree?
Not quite. But I've had me the occasional bowl of Grape Nuts!
THIS IS THE BEST REASONS FOR OUR HEALTH
Fish are good for you. Look at the Japanese: they made the Wii
oh wait, nvm...
SanFranMag ran a good story about this the other day
Wow, thats great! I don;'t care though...
Make sustainable fish available and affordable.
Otherwise, don't ask people to change when they can't readily afford to do so.
Well, sustainable fish WOULD include affordable options like GMO salmon, if there weren't so many irrational, crystal-waving hippies with no scientific understanding protesting GMO food and using Jurassic Park as their "citation" for the problems of genetic engineering. Solutions are presented, but more commonly shot-down by Luddites without a logical or scientific thought in their tiny little heads.
DIAF. The sooner the better
Quackles – Nice, calculated, mature response.
Fish powered cars!
Ew! The exhaust would smell like a brothel!
All fish are sustainable. All it takes is rational management of the Oceans. The problem is many countries do not abide by UN quotas set for ocean going fish so breeding grounds are being raped. The other problem is the seas and oceans are quickly becoming the sewers of civilized man.
"sustainable fish". Are those the ones without a DNR order on file?
Can you imagine the size of the paddles if they DIDN'T have 'em on file?
I sort of try, but find it impractical to follow the guidelines.
I'd eat something like anchovy more frequently, if they can be found fresh. The canned kind has too strong of a (salty) flavor and the dried ones found at Asian markets, while good for stock, are pretty much inedible. The same can be said of sardines. I'd like frozen clams and oysters, but they don't exist in the local markets. Canned ones aren't that bad, but aren't that good either.
The biggest problem comes from balancing the sustainable aspect with the toxin and nutritional aspects. Farmed salmon? Get back to me when you can actually stop dying their flesh. Shrimp has the whole International farming issue. All this doesn't even include the $.
Do I spend extra $ on getting something that's sustainable but not as nutritious or tasty as something that's iffy on the sustainable scale? That's a tough call.
Thank you for trying Cole, it really does make a difference to the fishermen. Look for Bristol Bay wild sockeye it is always sustainable, and usually delicious (if you have a good source). Try Costco, I think they had frozen vacuum sealed fillets for $9.99/lb this year.
You can catch them for free, too. I scoff at the prices of salmon when I see it. I'm from Alaska and have seen more salmon than most will in their lifetime when I worked on a commercial fishing boat.
Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) is required by LAW. Only buy American seafood in your confused and you're already 90% there.
Your impractical to follow
The oceans are being raped. NOAA and a few more scientists should just tell it like it is. Anyone remember the song "The Downeaster 'Alexa"? The oceans have been pillaged for decades.
How to sound like a clueless teen: Use the word "rape" to describe something that's not a sexual assault.
Not too many teens remember Billy Joel songs from the 80s. The oceans are being raped and it is much easier to quantify than climate change.
rape /reɪp/ Show Spelled [reyp] Show IPA noun, verb, raped, rap·ing.
4. an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation: the rape of the countryside.
Rape is a pretty accurate term for what's being done to the ocean and aquatic life. Unless you want to go with something like holocaust, that's also pretty accurate.
How to sound like a moron: correct someone's word usage when they are, in fact, correct.
Now its your turn...
Reasons 1,2, and 5 are all the same, and trawling is already declared illegal anyway.
Trawling might be illegal in the U.S. but not anywhere else. I was sport fishing in Costa Rica (Qeupos) and saw a trawler the size of the Queen Mary.
Trolling is not illegal in the US, just highly regulated and that is a sad fact. However, it is true that as of very recently there are no over fishing in of any marine species in US waters or by US boats. This is just one example of the many ways Yankees are doing a great job. However, the media has given the public, especially the overseas public which also reads their stuff, the impression that we are the most environmentally destructive people in the world.
However, it is true that as of very recently there are no over fishing in of any marine species in US waters or by US boats.
Correction - the US now has PLANS on paper to end overfishing. But most stocks are in lousy shape and will take years or decades to recover...if they ever do. And sometimes, the fishing industry doesn't follow plans so well...
Truth be told (no pun), I REALLY like to catch all of our own fish. It is kind of neat when you can turn a hobby into a new way to save elsewhere..."But honey, think of the money we will save at the grocery store if my new fly rod helps me to catch lots of fish...:)
LOL!! Yeah, that's what my first husband said to justify buying new rods ...... yet he never brought home any fish to eat. Go figure. If fishing makes you happy, who cares what you bring home. Be Happy!
If it's good for Jesus, it's good for all of us.
I can post! =D
Here only apparently. Arrg.
well I say if we're gonna have overpopulation anyway, our one sustainable resource is humans. So, lets eat that. Soylent sushi!!!
I have a perfect solution:
Nuke the fishies
I say eat more humans. There are too many on the surface of our planet. dang....I wish I could walk. Ya know how tuff it is to type with fins?
Gotta get me some of that soylent sushi - so tasty! You can't call yourself a true meat eater until you've had long pig - yum, yum, eat 'em up!
He also likes wine because his blood tastes like booze.
A lot of frozen fish is from Asia. Eat only "wild caught" not " farm raised."
A lot of those fish are illegally caught in US waters. Sneaky Japs.
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