Seafood Watch

An app from the Monterey Bay Aquarium helps you determine the most ocean-friendly seafood options, from grocery stores to sushi restaurants.
According to the National Restaurant Association, sustainable seafood is a leading trend for 2011. And the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch app can help you sort out which fish species in your area are least threatened–i.e., most sustainable–when you’re out grocery shopping or ordering a sushi rolls.

Start by selecting what seafood you would like and enter your location. Through your phone’s GPS, Seafood Watch will categorize which fish in your area is the “Best Choice” for you and the planet, which ones are a “Good Alternative,” and which ones you should “Avoid.” The app also makes it easy to stay sustainable on your sushi night out by including the Japanese names for each fish in their guide.

Also, when you find a restaurant or retailer that sells sustainable seafood in your area, you can share your find with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter, and with the network of future Seafood Watch users through the new Project FishMap feature. “With Project FishMap, anyone who finds sustainable seafood can share their discoveries. Each time they do, they’re helping others make better seafood choices,” says Sheila Bowman, senior outreach manager for the Seafood Watch program. “This is a real community project for green living.”

Price: Free