Here’s how to make the free Seafood Watch app work for you and your family:
TAKE IT SHOPPING WITH YOU: Pull out your phone and type in either the fish name, common market name, sushi name, or Japanese sushi name. You’ll be given the best choices and additional info in seconds.
HAVE YOUR KIDS USE IT: At the restaurant or grocery store, have your child type in the choices. It’s very user friendly with lots of education and recommendations. This will help your child to read labels and learn about healthly living and ocean conservation.
FIND BETTER RESTAURANTS AND GROCERY STORES: You can tap on “Find Sustainable Seafood” in the menu to see where others have reported finding sustainable seafood Best Choices. When you find a Best Choice or Good Alternative, add it to the database to share with others. For example, we had no idea a robust sustainable seafood restaurant was just a few miles away from us until we saw all the positive reporting about it in this app!
GIVE STORE / RESTAURANT FEEDBACK: When your favorite restaurant or grocery store doesn’t carry much in the realm of sustainable and healthy-for-you seafood, write the manager an e-mail to ask for sustainable varieties. And, reference Seafood Watch. Both the grocery and restaurant business are often low-margin businesses, so they tend to respond favorably to customer feedback. And sustainable seafood is getting more notice as public awareness grows.
By the way, World Oceans Day is June 8. It’s a great time to talk to your children about ocean conservation and why it’s so important. Two of the best things they can learn to do very young is reduce plastic with reusable bags and to pick sustainable seafood.
How are you teaching your family to care for the ocean?