I am excited to announce that we now carry fresh fish! As part of our decision to carry products of the sea, we want to ensure these products are from fisheries (a fishing ground or area where fish are caught) that are being responsibly managed. We needed a great fisheries advocate to help guide our selections. Fortunately, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has a program called Seafood Watch.

The following principles illustrate the qualities that capture fisheries must possess to be considered sustainable by Seafood Watch:

The resulting overall seafood recommendation is color-coded to correspond to the categories of the Seafood Watch pocket guide.

Go to montereybayaquarium.org for a wealth of information.

We will only carry fish from fisheries rated as Green or Yellow, never Red. Each product will be labeled with its rating to help guide you in your selection.

At this time we will not carry any farmed fish. Currently the impacts of farmed fishing in our region are predominately negative, including the pressure these operations have on the surrounding environment and the type of feed ingredients used. If these conditions change sufficiently, we will then consider farmed fish.

Another aspect to be aware of is the use of processing aids, most notably sulfites to extend shelf life and artificial coloring to make fish look more appealing. We will not carry any fish subjected to these additives.

The trays we are using are a compostable corn-based product. Unfortunately, Marion County does not want them added to curb side compost pickup at this time.

This is a great time to enjoy our local fisheries. We will have salmon from all over the northwest in abundant supply, and the halibut fishery from Alaska will remain strong. Our Oregon pink shrimp fishery will last through October. Watch for hook and line caught rockfish, truecod and black cod. We will keep a rotating stock of fish from Hawaii, like yellowfin tuna and mahi mahi, to give you a good range of choices.