We've written a lot in the past about our global consumption of fish outpacing natural production. Now more than ever, it's time to make smart decisions about what we eat. See how you can make a difference with these three apps dedicated to sustainable seafood consumption.
The main objective of all these apps is to help you choose ocean-friendly seafood rather than overfished species.
Good Fish Guide (free)
This app recently topped The Guardian's top ten sustainable food apps list. Search by common fish name and it'll provide you with all the information you need (at a glance or in full detail) to make the best choice. It'll tell you which fish to eat, which to avoid, and which to eat occasionally based on information like whether they come from well managed sustainable stocks or farms.
Seafood Watch (free)
This app uses your phone's GPS to load the right regional guide for your location. You can then search for a particular type of seafood and find out how it's ranked - "Best Choice," "Good Alternative" or "Avoid." For the sushi lovers among us, fish can also be viewed by its Japanese name. A recent addition to the app is the Project FishMap feature, which lets users contribute knowledge to the community by adding the names of restaurants and stores where they've found ocean-friendly seafood.
Safe Seafood ($0.99)
This app can be used offline and enables you to view detailed ratings for each fish, in consideration of population health, contaminant levels, and environmental impact. You can find fish by their different market names, and it has a seamless connection with Wikipedia for more information.