Saturday, March 20, 2010

What kind of fish is "green" fish?

This question comes from a student who saw a note on the bottom of a menu that stated the restaurant only served "green" fish and wanted to know what type of fish were green.
I don't think this restaurant was talking about the color of the fish but instead was referring to the sustainability of the fish in the ecosystem. Americans are becoming increasingly familiar with the need to be more sensitive to the overfishing and the dying out of certain fish.
"Green" fish may be fish that are not commonly on the menu. They may consist of by-catch (fish that accidentally gets caught in nets when fisherman are really after something else) or farm raised fish.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a great site devoted just to this topic:

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