Foodie iPhone apps: Seachoice

The Seachoice app lets you carry the latest environmental and health information in your pocket.

Making sustainable seafood choices – thank goodness there’s an app for that!

For the conscientious consumer, it can be hard to keep track of which fish are considered sustainable and which aren’t. There are so many choices in today’s supermarkets – how can we be sure to make the best one for ourselves and our planet?

The Seachoice iPhone app to the rescue! Created by Sustainable Seafood Canada, a coalition of non-profit groups, Seachoice helps us support sustainable fishing and aquaculture by giving us the most up-to-date information on the health and environmental impact of our dinner choices.

Each fish, crustacean and/or mollusc is given an overall ranking of “Best Choice,” “Some Concerns” or “Avoid.” You can also find practical info on the species itself and any health advisories about the fish, such as mercury or PCB levels.

It even has a handy “search sushi” feature that helps you look up fish by their Japanese names. The database updates regularly to keep you in the loop. And, it’s completely free.

Useful, to be sure! And when far from home and faced with a fish counter full of fillets, I’m grateful to have this resource in my pocket.

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One Response to Foodie iPhone apps: Seachoice

  1. Johanne says:

    Thank you for letting us know about this app- I’ve downloaded it and shown it to my foodie friends and they think it’s absolutely amazing!

    What a great idea- I think we need more solutions like this to empower smarter shopping and consuming. Our planet is not a renewable resource the way we’re going about it-! This app is a gateway to better choices and I’m spreading the word thanks to you!

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