Fish are healthy and loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, but they can contain toxic contaminants like mercury and PCBs, and many species are being fished toward extinction.
What's a conscious consumer to do?
The San Francisco Chronicle recommends asking these six questions before making a purchase.
For the latest information, look up the most recent version of Seafood Watch card at www.mbayaq.org. Or log on to Seafood Choices Alliance at www.seafoodchoices.com/home.php.
You can also consult with these Web sites:
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, Environmental Defense's Oceans Alive campaign, and the Seafood Choices Alliance are three solid resources. All offer extensive Web resources, and handy guides that fit in a wallet for quick decision making at the seafood counter.
Paul Johnson's book, Fish Forever, is another resources, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Stay tuned. The Marine Stewardship Council is studying the industry in preparation for publishing its own guidelines.
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