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Being “green” has gained traction over the years, joining the ranks of being the fads in America. This is all good and dandy, but creates a problem of ignoring our environment as a whole – land AND sea.  According to an article from NBC Washington, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that more than 75 percent of the 600 fish species it monitors are fully exploited or depleted.  Enter Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Last October, MBA produced sustainable seafood guide for their Seafood Watch program – I found out about it through my trusty Treehugger subscription. The guide is a pocket-sized printable document that you can easily slip into your wallet. It separates different fish and seafood into three categories: Avoid, Good Alternatives and Best Choices. For those of you that have an iPhone, MBA has an app you can download and have at the tips of your fingers.

I think this is a great tool for those of us who are trying to watch our influence on our planet. My only issue is that it’s only really good for grocery shopping, not so great of a reference tool for dining out. The solution for that would be to have restaurants start including more information on whether or not their seafood come from fisheries that are Certified Sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.

Also, check out their sushi guide.