This past weekend my husband and I went on a quick trip to see the elephant seals near San Simeon, CA (more on that in future posts). On the way back we made a quick stop to grab some dinner at Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill in Camarillo. It’s a chain in Southern California that offers organic and healthy options for those craving Mexican fare at reasonable prices, most menu items average around 10 bucks.
Behind the registers, they had a big black board highlighting their sustainable seafood choices. This included bragging rights that they look for MSC-certified seafood and fish that are on Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch “best choices” or “good alternatives” lists.
This got me thinking…every restaurant that serves sustainable seafood should have a big sign like that. Or if they want to take a subtler approach, then their seafood menu items should be highlighted with a symbol that indicates it’s sustainable because consumers want to know!
Many restaurants are doing their part to save the oceans from overfishing, but it’s not always clear. If it isn’t, then ask. Pull out your Seafood Watch card or download the app and start the conversation, “Do you know if this fish is sustainable?” And together with the server go through the list. If it turns out they don’t have any sustainable seafood options, order something else on the menu. At least now they know you’re watching, you’re concerned and you’re making smart choices.
Then the next time you dine out, go to a different restaurant and start the same conversation. This is how change begins.