The Monterey Bay Aquarium has been putting out little sustainable seafood pocket guides for a decade. You slip them in your wallet or purse, and they help you make good choices when selecting fish at the supermarket or on the restaurant menu. A newly updated, free app for the iPhone (and iPod Touch) makes it easier than ever to quiz your butcher, waitress or waiter, to make sure you're eating sustainable seafood and sushi.You fire it up, let the app find your location, or select it yourself, and start fishing. The guide identifies which swimmers are good options and which ones you should avoid due to overfishing or contaminants like mercury.
This app on your iPhone also is pretty dang trendy, since sustainable seafood has been listed as one of the top trends for 2010 by the Nation's Restaurant News' Annual Chef Survey and the Food Channel.
Let's hope the power of technology translates to more awareness in the new year, pushing fish that aren't sustainably caught and raised right off the menus, out of the market and back into the water.
According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 70 percent of the world's fisheries are either in decline or already fished at their capacity. The guides are developed based on peer-reviewed research, and also can be accessed via any mobile phone.