Being "Savvy" Is Simple.
Seafood is an important and widely available source of nutrition for populations around the world. Increased demand for popular seafood is depleting global fish stocks and harming the health of our oceans. The good news is you, as an individual, along with restaurants, retailers and other businesses, can play a vital role in conserving the health of our oceans. Through the Seafood Savvy Program at Georgia Aquarium, we have the opportunity to educate ourselves and the community around us to make wise selections of seafood.
With almost 85 percent of the world’s fisheries fully fished or overfished, scientists are concerned that the oceans can't keep up with the growing demand. 41 percent of our known fisheries in the U.S. are overfished. The number of fish swimming in the sea is a fraction of what it was a century ago. While the population of fish and marine life declines, the demand for seafood increases. If we remove fish at the current rate, there will not be enough left to support a healthy, viable fishing industry that can feed a growing population. How we proceed will affect the future. But you can have a local and global impact. The Georgia Aquarium’s Seafood Savvy Program is designed to empower seafood consumers and businesses to make informed choices for healthy oceans and ensure abundant supplies of seafood for the future.
The Seafood Savvy Guides are pocket cards that you may use as a resource while ordering from a restaurant menu or making a selection at your seafood market. Using your cell phone or mobile device with Internet connection, you can log on to www.georgiaaquarium.org/ss.html, and you will automatically be directed to the seafood search. Now you can be prepared the next time you are at the grocery store or eating at a restaurant.
In the U.S., 67 percent of seafood by value moves through restaurants to the consumers, and an additional 24 percent is sold through retail outlets. As gatekeepers to the seafood supply, your purchasing powers DO make a difference.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
FishChoice.com is a free, B2B sustainable seafood website that provides the products and information necessary to assist business in sourcing sustainable seafood. Launched in August 2009, FishChoice.com works with the leading sustainable seafood organizations such as Seafood Watch by Monterey Bay Aquarium, Blue Ocean Institute, and the Marine Stewardship Council and presents comprehensive sustainability information on all products. Only seafood that meets the criteria of FishChoice’s partner organizations gets listed on the website and FishChoice currently has over 1,100 product listings from over 200 suppliers across approximately 150 species of seafood. FishChoice also publishes features on sustainable seafood companies and delivers a semi-monthly industry e-newsletter to over 2,000 industry professionals.