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Monterey Bay Aquarium: Carnival of the Blue 24 and Seafood WATCH

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Notes blog is hosting Carnival of the Blue 24, check it out. I’d also encourage sea food lovers, conservationists, and others concerned with sustainability to stop by another Monterey Bay Aquarium site, the Seafood WATCH Program.

By signing up to be a “Seafood WATCH Advocate”, you will receive a number of awareness-raising aides, including the indispensable pocket seafood guide, “Thank You cards” to deposit at eateries that offer and promote sustainable seafood choices, and more.

[Also of note, if you have joined the Cult of Apple, the WATCH program has a free iPhone app that puts up-to-date info on sustainable seafood eating at your fingertips, even when you’re outside phone service areas. To be honest I thought the app was a bit gimmicky at first and didn’t think I would use it, as I carry a folded guide in my wallet. I’ve already used it twice in the week that I’ve had it, however. I think I might pass my wallet guide along to a friend.]

Even those who agree on the dire need for our fisheries to be managed sustainably don’t always agree on how to express their concern through personal behavior. Jennifer Jacquet, Carnival of the Blue 24 contributor and blogger at Guilty Planet (formerly of another SciBlog, Shifting Baselines) argues at The Reef Tank from the perspective that fish should be treated as wildlife rather than commodities and thus not be eaten at all. She doesn’t suggest that all adopt her stance, but argues that expanding the conversation to include points of view such as hers could shift debate somewhat away from the seemigly pathological focus on consumption.

What do you think?