“Eat Local Fish Day” to Highlight Ocean’s Unsung Heroes

In preparation for an announcement coming soon, we bring you this thoughtful piece originally published yesterday on Forbes.com -- Ed.

 

The "Eat Local” movement is in full swing with people around the country excited to buy fresh local tomatoes, grass-fed beef and artisan cheeses.

But “local” and “sustainable” fish is still often a mystery. What seafood to buy, how it lived (farmed or wild) and where and how it was caught is a confusing matrix to navigate, even for the most knowledgeable eater.  And frequently fish consumers think are fine to eat, are really not – like Atlantic cod or imported catfish.

Now, on September 25th, Eat Local Fish Day will highlight some of the ocean’s unsung heroes and introduce business diners to sustainable seafood.

Drawing courtesy The Fish Times, at www.331fish.com

Seafood Watch, the sustainable seafood program run by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, has been working for the past 13 years to bring clarity to “sustainable, local seafood” through a helpful app, recipes and an extensive body of research available to the public.

But this year they are also collaborating with Bon Appétit Management Company (BAMCO) to take a closer look at specific local fisheries.  BAMCO chose 14 chefs to became “piscadors” – foragers tasked with finding and researching fish within their regions which can be considered truly sustainable according to Seafood Watch’s standards.

Eat Local Fish Day will highlight these sustainable fish populations – often those considered “bycatch” or long forgotten varieties like sturgeon or amberjack – caught or farmed within 500 miles of Bon Appetit’s 400 venues in 32 states.  Some varieties like Blue Catfish are considered invasive species which have come to dominate local rivers in the Chesapeake Bay area.

 

For the rest of the article, please visit Forbes.com.

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