New Recommendations for Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

Helmut Nickel, Shark Year Magazine,

Updated Seafood Watch Recommendations become effective in January 2012 – Two shark species caught by US West Coast and Hawaiian fisheries have moved from “Avoid” to “Good Alternatives” list.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has just updated its Seafood Watch Recommendations. It’s a guide that recommends which seafood to buy or avoid, helping consumers and businesses become advocates for ocean-friendly seafood.
The new updates also concern two pelagic shark species, caught in the waters of California and Hawaii. It’s the shortfin mako and the common thresher shark.
The updated recommendation for the two species is ‘Good Alternative’. Previously, both species had the rating ‘Avoid’.

There are also changes concerning the health advisories for the consumption of all shark species. The PCB (Polychlorinated biphenyl) alert has been removed.

Under consideration of the recent updates, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch is currently listing only three shark stocks (all from the Pacific region) as a ‘Good Alternative’. The third one is the Spiny dogfish from British Columbia, Canada. With these few exceptions, shark is ranked ‘Avoid’.

You can download a PDF-file to learn more about the January 2012 updates here.



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