Spotlight on Sustainable Seafood
The following is an archived post
October is National Seafood Month! As a school foodservice provider, Flik Independent School Dining prioritizes responsible sourcing, as evident by our longstanding relationship with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.
What is the Seafood Watch Program?
The Seafood Watch program is committed to creating “science-based recommendations that help consumers, chefs and businesses choose seafood that is caught or farmed in ways that don’t harm the environment” and ultimately aims to ensure sustainability of our world’s oceans.
It identifies fish into three categories: “Best Choices,” “Good Alternatives” and “Avoid.” This enables consumers to make healthy choices at the supermarket or a restaurant and provides them with a voice.
Their regional pocket guides are updated seasonally as is their app.
Why Get Involved?
While the oceans are vast, resources are limited. According to the Seafood Watch Program, “the global catch of wild fish leveled off over 15 years ago and 85% of the world’s fisheries are being harvested at capacity or are in decline.”
Both consumers and industry must act responsibly in the sourcing of seafood to contribute to the sustainability of our oceans, other bodies of water and aquatic ecosystems. This message must be reinforced consistently (hence this post!).
Check out some of the guide’s best choices during this National Seafood Month and conscientiously enjoy the bounty of our waters!
Content contributed by Breana Shook