The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program is our go-to guide in making sustainable seafood choices for The National. Their easy guide lays out which seafood items, by region, are “Best Choices,” “Good Alternatives,” and which ones you should “Avoid.” Their approach to sustainability is holistic, considering the fishery, habitat, species, management, carbon footprint and much more.

Nearly 85% of the world’s fisheries are fished to capacity. More and more, your seafood choices, and the choices of the restaurants you dine in, have the power to make this situation worse or improve it.

To download your own pocket guide, visit http://www.seafoodwatch.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_recommendations.aspx

This weekend, Hugh Acheson and Peter Dale are participating in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Cooking for Solutions conference. In this thirteenth annual event hosted by the Aquarium that launched the Seafood Watch program, celebrity chefs, food artisans and eco-friendly wineries and breweries come together to celebrate gourmet food and drink that is good for the planet too.

Check out the full schedule of events here.