Sushi Gets Sustainable
Sushi is the essence of the ocean in one delicious bite. The sushi that we eat today has its origins in fish preservation techniques that are hundreds of years old. At that time, fish filled our oceans. Today, there are serious concerns about the number of fish left in the sea and it’s time to create new traditions. The Seafood Watch Sustainable Sushi Guide will help sushi lovers order seafood that’s sustainably caught or farmed. How can you help? Read on....
Order from the green (“best choices”) or yellow (“good alternatives”) lists. Try to steer clear of seafood listed on the red ("avoid") list.
Engage Your Chef in a Conversation
The next time you hit up your local sushi bar, talk with your chef about the food you're about to eat. Let the chef know that you appreciate seasonal, sustainable seafood choices and that you'd like to explore new flavors. Ask if the seafood is farmed or wild, how it was caught, and where it's from. Your chef's answers will help you make good choices.
Learn More about the Issues
Read about the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.
Learn the facts about exploitive fishing and other threats to our ocean creatures by reading CORAL issue briefs.
Check out the following books—they are well worth reading:
Sustainable Sushi: A Guide to Saving the Oceans One Bite at a Time by Casson Trenor (North Atlantic Books, 2009)
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan (Penguin Press, 2006)
Spread the Word
Share your Sustainable Sushi Guide with a friend—just a few simple actions on your part can make a big difference.