Lately, we (and Jeremy Piven) have become much more conscious of the fish we order and the health implications to ourselves and the planet. There seems to be a lot of info on the web to help you make smart choices. This tool provided by the Blue Ocean Institute allows you to search your favorite species and gives you detailed info on its status and safety. For example, searching for salmon told me that Alaska salmon were a good choice (with caveats) and that farmed Atlantic salmon should be avoided for numerous reasons. You can even download a printable guide or order the wallet version.

I’ve learned that many farmed species have to be fed wild-caught fish as a source of protein, essentially using perfectly edible species to feed a different edible species – so there’s a net loss of protein! Just plain silly. And now I know that Atlantic cod (which i thought was a good option) are extremely overfished and the bottom-trawling method of capture destroys the sea floor.

It’s nice to know we can keep ordering calamari though.