At Fish Navy Films we talk a lot about which fish are sustainable, delicious and on our plates. But do we sometimes take it too far? Are you a sustainable seafoodie? Here are 10 ways to check if you’ve got sustainable seafood on the brain like we do!
1- You read the labels at the fish counter very closely.
You peer through the glass to find out where the fish was from and whether it was fished or farmed. Was it frozen or is it truly fresh? You know you’re a seafoodie if only after reading all of that do you check out the price.
2- Even after reading the label, you have questions for the fish monger.
Was the farmed tilapia fed a vegetarian diet (meaning if would be low on the food chain) or regular fish feed? Was it in a closed circulating farm or one that releases water and waste into the ocean? Sounds like a sketch from Portlandia, but as members of the sustainable seafoodie club, we want all the deets, please!
3- You have the Seafood Watch app on the first screen of your smart phone.
If you can find out whether barramundi is a “best choice” for farmed fish (it is) before you can find pictures of your kid’s birthday party on your iPhone, you might be a little obsessed (and we love it).
4- Your streaming movie queue looks like a syllabus for a marine policy class.
If you’ve eschewed the Arrested Development revival for films like The End of the Line, The Cove and, yes, even Fish Meat, you are a seafoodie after our own hearts! Just make sure you take a break to have some laughs now and then, too.
5- Your friends turn to you to ask which fish they should order.
It’s a lot of responsibility knowing this much about seafood. Do you tell your friend that her tuna tartare is not the best choice? How about when your friend tells you she wants to serve orange roughy to her guests at her wedding? Sometimes we need to be polite and smile but other times (most of the time?) we need to share the virtues of eating sustainable fish!
6- You dream of having an aquaponics system in your house.
Looking for the perfect gift for a sustainable seafoodie? Get a home aquaponics kit! Picture it: salad greens growing on top of a tank full of yummy blue tilapia. How amazing would it be to have organic greens and fish grown right under your roof? It doesn’t get fresher than this!
7- You know how to substitute fish from the “avoid” list with sustainable alternatives.
Your cookbook calls for red snapper? How about subbing some mahi mahi instead? Hard to find sustainably fished wild salmon in your area? How about delicious farmed trout? It’s all about textures and flavors!
8- You can list at least 3 sustainable seafood chefs.
Chris Moonen, Barton Seaver, Mike Minor, Jeffrey Jew… They’re the rockstars that are shouting the sustainable seafood movement from the rooftops right now. Who are your favorite sustainable seafoodie chefs?
9- Your idea of a vacation is catching your own seafood (from healthy populations, of course!)
Filleting your own sustainably caught (on pole and line) skipjack on board a private fishing vessel sounds like heaven to us. Or how about pulling up a net full of sustainably farmed clams, ready to boil? Our mouths are watering at the thought.
10- You can use acronyms like FCR, COO and MSY without batting an eyelid.
This is higher level sustainable foodism. For those that are curious, FCR= feed conversion ratio (how many pounds of fish feed it takes to yield one pound of farmed fish), COO= country of origin (where your food is from) and MSY= maximum sustainable yield (the amount of wild fish you can harvest before negatively affecting the population). Our advice is just to keep these acronyms in your head. You don’t want to sound like a know-it-all during cocktail hour. Just enjoy your lionfish skewers and be a good sustainable seafoodie and spread the word about sustainable seafood!