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Seafood Links

From the June 2009 issue of Cuisine at home

Check out these websites for more information about seafood sustainability, overfishing practices, and mercury levels. They can help guide you to making seafood choices that are safe both for your family and the environment.

The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, a division of the FDA, compiled a list of mercury levels in popular fish and shellfish. Find it by visiting http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/. Choose "mercury" under the "select a topic" header.

Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA, a government agency established by the White House and Congress, can direct you to mercury reports for ponds, lakes, and rivers for every U.S. state and region. Learn more at http://epa.gov/mercury/whereyoulive.htm.

The Environmental Defense Fund
The Environmental Defense Fund, a national nonprofit environmental organization, offers an at-a-glance, color-coded Seafood Selector listing fish from Eco-Best to Eco-Worst. Print the pocket-size guide to carry in your purse or wallet, or download the mobile phone version. Find both at http://www.edf.org/home.cfm.

The Blue Ocean Institute
The Blue Ocean Institute, an ocean conservation organization, created several helpful lists, such as the Guide to Ocean Friendly Seafood and the Guide to Ocean Friendly Sushi. They also developed FISHPHONE, a text messaging service that can provide seafood assessments on the go. Visit http://blueocean.org/home for more information.