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Choose locally-caught fish

Written by Shomik Ghosh .
Seafood often travels long distances from the sea to market, resulting in the increased use of fossil fuels and energy.
Choosing sustainable, locally caught fish helps minimize the environmental impact of transporting and storing, and because of local advisories, you can be better informed of its potential harmful effects, such as mercury content.

How to buy locally caught fish

  1. Do some research and find a local, sustainable fishery. Websites like the Environmental Defense Fund's Seafood Selector, Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program, Seafood Choices Alliance, and Blue Ocean Institute's Guide to Ocean Friendly Seafood are useful with information on species and potential mercury hazards. Avoid purchasing local species that are threatened or poorly managed. See External links for more information on your area.
  2. Contact your state's Department of Natural Resources, and find out what species (in a particular waterway/coastal area) are managed in a sustainable way. Pay attention to local advisories on how much fish per month it is safe to eat.
  3. Find restaurants, markets, retailers, and local fishermen at the docks that have locally caught fish available. Restaurants are a good place to start looking, as owners may have an interest in the local economy and local fishery conditions. Local fishermen are another good source.
  4. Keep restaurants and markets honest by asking, "Which of your selections is locally caught?"

Choosing locally caught fish helps you go green because…

  • Ecosystems in local bodies of water will benefit from sustainably managed fish populations and continued biodiversity.
  • Your local fishermen do not have to transport seafood long distances, saving on greenhouse-gas emissions and refrigeration costs.
  • It benefits the local economy, giving the community an interest in preserving and protecting their waterways.
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