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Green Tip #36
Fish for Eating, Fish for Saving

By now we’ve all heard about the health benefits of a diet rich in certain types of fish. You may have also heard about some of the negative health risks associated with certain other types of fish.

To add to the confusion, there are a lot of fish in the sea that aren’t doing so well, environmentally speaking. Overfishing, pollution, changing sea temperatures and habitat depletion are making it tough for some species of fish to survive and to reproduce.

According to the Marine Stewardship Council, 52% of fish stocks are fully exploited, which means that they are being fished at their maximum biological capacity. 24% are over exploited, depleted or recovering from depletion. 21% are moderately exploited. Yikes!

To help you weed through all the health and environmental data to pick the best fish for eating, the Environmental Defense Fund’s Seafood Selector is one very handy tool.


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