Monterey Bay Aquarium, creators of the Seafood Watch program are proving themselves to be hypocrites. This is the program that has attempted to simplify how consumers choose seafood that doesn’t harm the environment. The problem is that the aquarium its self buys and serves red listed seafood to the aquarium residents. They also have an “open” system where the waste water from the aquarium is flushed, unfiltered, into the Monterey Bay. Diseases and medications get washed out to sea with all the other effluence.
Instead of finding ways to clean up their act they are asking for an exemption to the Ocean Plan prohibition against waste discharge.
The Seafood Watch program is the basis for most of the seafood buying guides in North America. If this is how they treat their local marine environment this is one more reason to be critical about their seafood guide.
For a better understanding about this hypocrisy read the full story on Alaska salmon’s Blog
To learn more about seafood guides read our previous posting The Gospel of Seafood.