Consumer guides to sustainable sushi.

Author:Scheer, Roddy
Position:THIS WEEK
 
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Environmentally conscious consumers can now relax about eating sushi. As long as they consult one of three new guides from leading ocean conservation groups ranking popular sushi selections, that is. Later this month, Blue Ocean Institute, Environmental Defense Fund and the Monterey Bay Aquarium will each release their own user-friendly color-coded versions of the guide--in print, online and in mobile device versions--based on a shared set of information about the toxicity levels of various types of popular sushi fish.

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While each of the groups offer slightly different spins in their respective versions of the guides, they all advise against ordering sushi made from bluefin tuna, freshwaster eel or farmed salmon. These species are either overfished, farmed with aquaculture methods that pollute the ocean, or are harvested in such a way as to cause the destruction of ocean habitats or kill large numbers of other...

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