As we celebrate the Ocean this month at First Friday Art Walk and as part of we look at what it means for a seafood restaurant to be sustainable, it means that the restaurant is operating with practices that promote the long-term health of our oceans, fisheries, and seafood supply chains. Specifically, a sustainable seafood restaurant adopts the following practices to ensure the long-term sustainability of seafood and the health of our oceans.
Sources seafood responsibly: A sustainable seafood restaurant sources its seafood from sustainable fisheries, or from sources that have been certified by credible third-party organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council or the Aquaculture Stewardship Council.
Prioritizes locally sourced seafood: A sustainable seafood restaurant aims to source its seafood locally when possible to reduce the carbon footprint and support the local economy.
Avoids serving endangered species: A sustainable seafood restaurant does not serve endangered species, and avoids serving seafood that is overfished or caught using harmful fishing methods such as bottom trawling or drift nets.
Minimizes seafood waste: A sustainable seafood restaurant aims to minimize seafood waste by using every part of the fish and minimizing leftovers.
Educates customers: A sustainable seafood restaurant educates its customers about sustainable seafood choices and the importance of responsible fishing practices.
La Jolla Village is proud to be home to some certified sustainable seafood restaurants including: