Here's how you can help protect our ocean creatures from being overfished.

By Julia Dowling Rutland
August 06, 2003
Randy Mayor

Monterey Bay Aquarium helps raise consumer awareness through its Seafood Watch program. The organization provides a series of regional wallet cards that list the best seafood choices, those that pose potential risk, and those to avoid. Call 831/648-4800, or download a copy of the cards at

Audubon Living Oceans, part of the National Audubon Society, seeks to protect and restore marine life. "The Audubon Seafood Wallet Card" lists seafoods in categories of green (reasonably safe) and yellow (possible environmental concerns) to red (highly problematic). The society's book, Seafood Lover's Almanac, edited by Mercedes Lee, offers more info. Visit

Environmental Defense brings together experts in science, law, and economics to tackle tough environmental issues. For up-to-date info, use the online Fish Search database to find out which seafoods are good choices, or download the Pocket Seafood Selector at

The Chefs Collaborative educates consumers and encourages chefs to purchase and promote foods harvested by environmentally sound practices. A wallet card, "A Guide to Good Eating", cites community restaurants committed to serving local, seasonal, artisanal, and sustainable cuisine. Visit

Marine Stewardship Council, an international nonprofit organization, offers a certification program for sustainable fisheries.The council's label on seafood products indicates the fish were harvested in an eco-friendly manner. Visit

Blue Ocean Institute is an organization that uses science, art, and literature to develop practical answers to conservation problems. The From Sea to Table program helps seafood lovers better understand their relationship with the ocean through the seafood they eat. Download the Online Guide to Ocean Friendly Seafood at