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Go Fish v.2

Hopefully you read Go Fish v.1 yesterday and saw lots of your favorites on the list. Here is a list of 10 Eco-Ok choices. Tomorrow I will post the Eco-Worst choices that you should stay away from. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but in my opinion ignorance is not bliss, its avoidance.

Eco-Ok Fish Choices:
*Wild Clams- some dredging which causes damage to sea floor habitats

*Pacific Cod- catch methods include line & trap which are less environmentally destructive. Some dredging is also done causing damage

*Snow Crab- population fluctuations require proper management (often not up to par) and no overfishing

*Flounder/Sole (Pacific) - caught by trawl method which is damaging to the sea floor habitat. Overfished in Atlantic

*Lobster (American/Marine) - Lobster pots are not too damaging to the sea floor

*Scallops (New England/Canada)- caught by dredging which is damaging to the sea floor and has high rates of bycatch including sea turtles.

*Shrimp (US Wild) - high by catch, but the U.S. now requires the use of devices that allows for bycatch such as some fish and sea turtles to escape the nets

*Squid- squid fisheries are largely unregulated leading to high bycatch, but they reproduce quickly helping keep the population numbers high

*Tilapia (Latin America) - most Tilapia in the US comes from Latin America where the fish is not typical to the area meaning that escape from farms causes considerable damage to the existing eco-system because of breeding. US Tilapia is an Eco-best choice though most is brought in to the US from Latin America, go figure.

*Canned Light Tuna (Skipjack) - most pole & line caught but sometimes purse seine fleets used which causes damage to the sea floor habitat.
Hope this helps you choose your next fish dinner. I know I am having Tilapia Tacos tonight, and I am eager to ask the waiter exactly where the fish is sourced from. (fingers are cross for US Tilapia!)

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