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, […]

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 […]

Marine Stewardship Council Loses Its Luster

  Long regarded as the gold-standard for eco-certification of sustainable fisheries around the world, the London-based Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has begun to lose some of its glitter, in the eyes of many of the scientists and environmentalists meeting in Paris this week at the Seafood Choice’s Alliance’s annual Seafood Summit. The flashpoint is the […]

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 […]