Ocean and seafood lovers unite and spread the word. There is such a thing as sustainable seafood. And organizations such as SeaWeb’s Seafood Choices Alliance and Charting Nature are here to tell you all about it.

Charting Nature donated 100 copies of their informative and beautiful Seafood Guide posters. The posters are available in fish or shellfish and come in two sizes 12 x 36 inches or 24 x 36 inches. The beautifully illustrated posters are designed to help consumers choose sustainable seafood. The posters were illustrated by renowned artist Brenda Guild Gillespie and the informative content was compiled by the Seafood Choices Alliance. These posters are not only packed with information, they are works of art that would be beautiful in any kitchen — home or commercial.

It’s exciting to know that chefs are beginning to recognize the importance of sustainable seafood, but they’ll be more encouraged to refrain from buying non-sustainable seafood — bluefin tuna for example – if you go into restaurants armed with information. And what better way to keep yourself informed than to gaze at gorgeous illustrations of the seafood that you love?

The fish poster is illustrated with drawings of: Alaska Pollock, Albacore Tuna, Arctic Char, Atlantic Herring, Atlantic Mackerel, Black Sea Bass, Bluefish, Catfish (Farmed), Chinook (King) Salmon, Chum (Dog or Keta) Salmon, Coho (Silver) Salmon, Croaker, Haddock, Mahi-mahi (common dolphinfish), Pacific Cod, Pacific Halibut, Pacific Sanddab, Pacific Sole, Pink (Humpback) Salmon, Sablefish (Black Cod), Pacific Sardines, Sockeye (Red) Salmon, Striped Bass (Rockfish), Summer Flounder (Fluke), Tilapia U.S. (Farmed), Wahoo (Ono), Weakfish, White Sea Bass, White Sturgeon (Farmed), Wreckfish, and Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi). There is also information each species’ range, seasons, harvesting methods, cooking and buying tips.

The shellfish poster is illustrated with drawings of: Abalone, Bay and Sea Scallops, Blue Crab, Clams, Crawfish, Dungeness Crab, King Crab, Mussels (Farmed), Northern Pink Shrimp, Oregon Pink Shrimp, Oysters (Farmed), Rock Crab and Jonah Crab, Shrimp (U.S. Farmed), Snow Crab, Spiny Lobster, Spot Prawns (Trap Caught), Squid (aka Calamari) and Stone Crab.

We believe that overfishing is one of the greatest threats to ocean health. But we understand that seafood is an important source of protein and a well-established industry important to the economic-well being of a number of people and regions. The best way to find a happy medium is to be an informed consumer and know which species are sustainable and which ones aren’t.

These posters and the Seafood Choices Alliance are a great place to start. MarineBio will soon be giving away the posters with memberships, stay tuned for details. In the meantime, visit the Seafood Choices Alliance and get seafood smart. Other great resources include:

Blue Ocean Institute’s Guide to Ocean Friendly Seafood
Environmental Defense Fund’s Seafood Selector
Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch