Good News for Seafood Lovers

Something very fishy has happened in the waters off California, Oregon, and Washington—and it’s the best news I’ve heard in nearly two decades of reporting on issues related to sustainable seafood. In an unprecedented step, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program (always my go-to source for which seafood I can eat with good conscience, […]

Is Gulf of Mexico Seafood Safe to Eat?

More than a year after last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a nagging question lingers: Is it safe to eat seafood from the Gulf of Mexico? At the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s annual Cooking for Solutions Sustainable Seafood Institute last week, marine scientists, experts from environmental groups, and members of the fishingcommunity—who rarely agree on anything—answered […]

Newsbites: Northeastern Fish Stocks Stage a Surprising Recovery; EPA Takes Drastic Steps to Save the Salmon of California’s Klamath River; Sales of Organic Milk Surge Despite Economic Hard Times; Nation’s Biggest Milk Processor Settles Antitrust Suit by Offering Dairy Farmers $30M

The faithful newshound has been snoozing by the stove these last several weeks while Estabrook was locked away in his office trying to get a book off to the publisher. The hound has now shaken himself awake. He’s hot on the trail again and has dragged home a few heartening stories. Let’s kick off 2011 […]

Is Seafood Watch Going to Give its Blessing to Farmed Shrimp?

  I stopped eating farmed shrimp (which is to say nearly 90 percent of the shrimp sold in this country) several years ago for three reasons. 1) They taste like ammonia or mud. 2) Too often, they are contaminated with drugs and chemicals banned by the United States government. And (3) Shrimp aquaculture is one […]