16 Aug '12, 11am

86% of US fish are now harvested @ ecologically safe levels, but what's the real impact? via @Grist

86% of US fish are now harvested @ ecologically safe levels, but what's the real impact? via @Grist

Sustainability rating systems to guide consumer seafood choices are becoming as plentiful as the fish they seek to protect once were. Americans may now peruse market aisles with their choice of half a dozen pocket seafood guides: Monterey Bay Aquarium’s one week, the New England Aquarium’s another. These guides, which typically aggregate complex data into an accessible “seafood recommendation” rating, are designed to steer consumers and businesses towards sustainably harvested seafood from healthy populations. They also, we hope, give overexploited fisheries some breathing room. But are they making a difference? Since it began rating seafood nearly 15 years ago, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program (one of the nation’s first and, arguably, most mimicked seafood rating systems) has handed out more than 40 million pocket seafood guides. It’s also expanded its pr...

Full article: http://grist.org/food/swimming-in-seafood-ratings-but-wha...

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