What can you do?
"Keep eating wild salmon from Alaska and Washington state,"says Zeke Grader, of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen'sAssociation. "It's critical that consumers demand this product."Join Zeke in asking the Governor to improve conditions forhealthy salmon runs.Write the Governortoday.
Where can you find sustainable salmon?
Paul Johnson from Monterey Fish Market explains, "The only up side to this terriblescenario is that consumers are being pushed to try previously under-utilized sockeyeand pink salmon. These species represent 95 percent of the wild salmon fishery. TheJapanese consider sockeye the best because they're filter fish, meaning they have thelowest levels of contaminants. They tend to not be parasitized and have anunbelievable deep, rich color, because they primarily eat krill. This year we're sellingretail sockeye for only one or two dollars more than last year."
"Ask for it, tell your supplier you would like sockeye or pink salmon - anyone who issourcing king salmon can source sockeye," says Paul. "We're right in the middle of the fresh season, the next couple of months, but you can also get wild-caught frozensalmon from Alaska year-round."
Remember thatfarmed salmonremains on our Seafood Watch "Avoid" list. Most wildsalmon comes from Alaska, and these sources remain a better choice than farmedsalmon.
Take the Seafood Watch Challenge:
Pass out Thank You and Become Aware cards at your local restaurants orgrocery stores.
Distribute "Thank You" and "Become Aware" cards at restaurants where seafoodchoices are offered.
Here's how it works:
1. For this week only you can order "Thank You" and "Become Aware" cardsonline along with Seafood Watch pocket guides for your region using ourorderform.
Go out to eat and enjoy sustainable seafood choices! Remember to bring the"Thank You" and "Become Aware" cards and Seafood Watch pocket guideswith you when you go.
Leave the cards behind in the guest check or consider signing them and evenexpressing your opinion to the waiter, manager or chef!