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This App Makes Purchasing Sustainable Seafood A Breeze

By Desirée Kaplan

Have you ever wondered whether you're making the best decisions when you choose seafood? Nestled on the coast of California, there's a group dedicated to helping you find out. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is focused on creating a healthy ocean environment and wants to help you make the best dinner choice before you pick up the menu. To do so, the Aquarium, which has had about 50 million visitors since it opened, created an app called Seafood Watch.  

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program aims to help consumers, chefs and everyone in between arm themselves with up to date information and recommendations on how to chose seafood in a way that supports a healthy ocean. The Aquarium has been raising awareness about this issue since 1999 and defines sustainable seafood as, “seafood from sources, whether fished or farmed that can maintain or increase production without jeopardizing the structure and function of affected ecosystems.” 

Essentially, the program aims to show seafood lovers that their choices matter quite a bit since they constantly drive the market and can mean the difference between a species survival and extinction. When consumers use this app, they can also make a difference by supporting eco-friendly fishermen and aquaculture operations.