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Endangered Deliciousness

Seafood Watch is a very cool and very practical conservation effort led by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Basically, it is a regularly updated guide to which lake and ocean critters should or should not be devoured each year. At its most convenient, they print a handy business card sized reference guide which you can carry around in your wallet. Impress your animal loving, patchouli wearing date when you take her out to your favorite seafood restaurant and tell her what she is not allowed to order off the menu. In all seriousness though, it is incredibly handy, they will send you one or more for free, and those of you with iPhones can browse away right at the dinner table by clicking here.

Central US Guide

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They have a number of different guides tailored to the tastes of different regions of the country. Out of curiousity, does Zooillogix even have any readers in the Midwest besides for me?

I’m sure some of our fellow bloggers beat us to this (Blogfish - I’m awaiting your snarky remark) but I do want to bring attention to it all the same. Particularly because they have an extensive partner program that provides free printed guides to local organizations that support the cause and have a means to distribute them. If you have a local zoo, aquarium, nature center or similar organization that might be interested in getting involved, point them in Seafood Watch’s direction.

Comments

  1. #1 stogoe
    December 31, 2007

    Yes, you have readers in the midwest.

  2. #2 Andrew
    December 31, 2007

    amazing! now tell me you are in nebraska, iowa, mississippi or oklahoma and you will have made my day

  3. #3 Mark Powell
    December 31, 2007

    Just the place for a Snark! the bellman cried. Glad you guys came around to conservation, but too bad you couldn’t make conservation as much fun as zoology. Now how about finding a picture of a real Snark? If anyone can do it, it must be the brothers B.

  4. #4 mr_subjunctive
    December 31, 2007

    I’m in Iowa. Do I win something of high cash value? Or could I, perhaps?

  5. #5 arachnophile_grrl@hotmail.com
    December 31, 2007

    Does Mid-Western Canada count? ;)

    I’ve tried to follow this chart for a while now and it’s not always easy because there are some companies that market some fish under other names or as totally different “animals,” altogether. Our Northern Pollok numbers suffer for the “fake crab meat” market.

    Tilapia is ALWAYS a safe bet. In fact, it’s one of the very best animal proteins out there in terms of conversion rates. They are almost always inland farmed and in farms that are great for using their waste water for hydroponic fruits/vegetables. :) It’s also a very mild white fish that you can do almost anything with.

  6. #6 kevin z
    January 1, 2008

    Former Iowan here! Although I guess some people consider Pennsylvania midwestern??

    Anyways, I used to volunteer and work the Monterey Bay Aquarium. They are doing some great work there.

  7. #7 Andrew
    January 2, 2008

    mr subjunctive – you win! if you ever make it to chicago, i will lend you my free parking pass for the lincoln park zoo!!!

    … im still holding my breath for an oklahoman…

  8. #8 Dave Briggs
    January 2, 2008

    At its most convenient, they print a handy business card sized reference guide which you can carry around in your wallet. Impress your animal loving, patchouli wearing date when you take her out to your favorite seafood restaurant and tell her what she is not allowed to order off the menu.

    Cool! I wonder if Charley the talking tuna is going to be lobbying to get tuna moved from the best choices to AVOID! LOL!
    Dave Briggs :~)

  9. #9 mr_subjunctive
    January 2, 2008

    Woo hoo!!!!!!!1!!1!1!11!!!!eleven!!!!!!

  10. #10 Meg
    January 6, 2008

    I live right near Monterey. =P Awesome aquarium, and awesome work they do.

  11. #11 mayaa
    January 9, 2008

    The people who made the movie Happy Feet included the reference card with the DVD release. FYI.

  12. #12 bursa evden eve nakliyat
    March 26, 2009

    provides free printed guides to local organizations that support the cause and have a means to distribute them. If you have a local zoo, aquarium, nature center or similar organization

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