Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ways to Alter Consumption

By Jennifer Winward

Over-fishing of the world’s oceans has become an increasingly important environmental issue, but what can you do about it? First, you can start altering your consumption. This doesn’t mean you have to stop eating fish. In fact, fish can be a healthy and great tasting dish. Instead you can become aware of the species that are in danger. Blue Ocean Institute has compiled a list of ocean friendly seafood choices and even has a printable guide, so you can keep a copy in your wallet for those trips to your favorite seafood restaurant! This guide is located on the website for OCEANA, which is an international ocean conservation organization. You can click the link here. This also lists fish species that contain high levels of mercury, which can cause health problems.


Another great option is www.ecofish.com, which provides fish and seafood products to retailers, restaurants and consumers. All of their items come from sustainable fisheries. So, not only are you helping the endangered fish in the world’s oceans, but you are also helping responsible businesses profit from your purchases.

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