5 Things to Know About Sustainable Seafood

As more of the world becomes aware of the need for sustainability, even the seafood industry has taken steps. But just what is sustainable seafood–is there anything specific you should know about it?

1. 70% of Seafood is Currently Over-Fished

According to National Geographic’s page regarding Sustainable Seafood, nearly 70% of the fish that humans eat are currently exploited. An increase in the demand for seafood has even led many species to undergo a collapse. One of the most notable examples is the current tuna shortage, as reported by NBC.


2. The Consequences Go Beyond Our Dinner Plates

Dangers to fish populations are not only bad news for diners who love fish – the health of the ocean’s ecosystem is essential to the survival of the earth. Choosing sustainable seafood is more important than ever. We must replenish the oceans and secure a safe habitat for underwater life for generations to come.

3. How Does Sustainable Fishing Work?

In general, sustainable fishing entails only targeting plentiful species of fish, mollusks, and other seafood. It’s also strategically advantageous to target ocean life that is relatively low on the food chain; these fish reproduce at a faster rate and can rebuild thriving populations in a short amount of time. Sustainable fishing also involves technology to limit bycatch, which happens when other species of ocean life getting caught in fishing nets.

4. How Do Wild Fisheries Work?

Sustainable (also known as ‘wild’) fisheries are more difficult to run than standard facilities. A few difficulties include accurately monitoring the population of various species and allowing consumers to track the history of their seafood all the way back to the boat that caught it. If you buy farm-raised fish (and chances are you do), look for a variety that’s been produced in eco-friendly conditions.


5. Respecting Aquaculture with Your Purchasing Power

Another important buzzword in the sustainable fishing world is “aquaculture”. According to statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, more than half of the fish the world eats is produced by fish farms. Sadly, most of these farms aren’t committed to sustainable methods. Consumers can drive the direction of the fishing industry by only buying seafood from companies committed to limiting pollution and damage to river and ocean habitats.

Other Resources to Learn About Sustainable Fishing

We hope you’ve learned a little about why sustainable seafood is such an important cause. If you’re curious about some of the species currently being over-exploited, you can always check current updates from Seafood Watch, one of the world’s foremost ocean safety watchdog groups. Also useful is the World Wildlife Federation’s guide to sustainable seafood; we recommend downloading it to your phone so you can reference it when you shop for fish, mollusks, and other seafood.

Thanks for your interest in sustainable fishing. Together we can help protect more of the earth’s incredible, delicate ecosystems.



5 Best Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Restaurants in Manhattan

New York City pulses with fantastic music, fashion, industry, and of course, food. As we as consumers learn more about where our food comes from, it becomes harder to find ethically sourced and delicious meals. Luckily, as our awareness of sourcing grows, many NYC restaurants have risen to meet the challenge. Thanks to our friends at Imperial Moving, here are five Manhattan restaurants that specialize in eco-friendly and sustainable seafood:

1. Crave Fishbar

At either its West Village or Midtown locations, Crave Fishbar has a good reputation. Crave serves meals prepared with seasonal ingredients, often sourced from Long Island fisherman, and was the first NYC restaurant to partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Crave offers a variety of dishes, from lobster curry and tuna tartare to grilled octopus and rib eye. They are probably best known for their raw bar; during happy hour, oysters are only $1 each!

2. Maiden Lane

Maiden Lane was born in the East Village in 2013. Owner Gareth Mccubbin aspires to bring the feel of a European conservas bar to NYC. The idea is to serve high-quality, hand-packed tinned seafood, sourced from Europe. The menu includes a huge variety of canned seafood, including octopus, oyster, squid, anchovies, and several types of sardines. Maiden Lane also has other small plates and sandwiches. Especially recommended: the open-faced whitefish sandwich with smoked salmon.

3. Seamore’s

Located in Little Italy, Seamore’s specializes in a range of less familiar types of fish. The sustainable restaurant has partnered with Sea to Table, a company that brings locally sourced seafood to nearby restaurants, and with Greenpoint Fish and Lobster, an organization that acts as the go-between for suppliers and their customer. A blackboard called “Daily Landings” lists the fresh variety of seafood that is featured, often including hake, redfish, pollock, porgy, and dogfish. The “Reel Deal,” a build-your-own entree in which you choose one of the featured fish and one of four sauces, is delicious.

4. Le Bernardin

This Midtown staple was founded in 1986 and rebooted in 1995 when chef Eric Ripert came on board. Le Bernardin continues to win awards after thirty years in the business. The menu features mostly high-end seafood dishes with Asian sauces, with a focus on sustainability practices. Though pricey, Le Bernardin is a perfect place to celebrate. Three categories make up the menu: Almost Raw, Barely Touched, and Lightly Cooked. The menu often changes but is known for its oysters, sashimi, and smoked yellowfin.

5. Mayanoki

For sushi, check out Mayanoki, a sustainably and locally sourced restaurant on the Lower East Side. It works directly with local fisherman and is the only sushi restaurant partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. The menu is served in a multi-course omakase style, in which you watch the food as it is prepared, and are told where it comes from. Since the menu changes depending on the fish available, always expect something different. Try the sea bass and scallop sashimi!

Courtesy of Imperial Moving & Storage

This article was posted by the generous support of our friends at NYC moving company Imperial Moving & Storage. These movers are committed to the environment and strive to make every household move as eco-friendly as possible. Whether it’s by eating sustainable seafood or using recycled boxes when moving apartments, we can all do our part to protect our earth’s natural resources.