The Wild Salmon Center has a recent article concerning a recommendation from the Seafood Watch from the Monterey Bay Aquarium in which wild steelhead were given a “Good Alternative” rating. This is astounding given the science that shows wild Washington steelhead are in decline. See the graph for the Hoh River as only one example.
The lack or awareness and poor science that went into the recommendation is disturbing. The Seafood Watch promotes itself as “Helping people make better seafood choices for a healthy ocean”. But this makes no sense particularly if it encourages widespread consumption of the last remaining wild steelhead stocks on the west coast of the United States. And make no mistake, as a prized species it will command high prices on dinner tables of the rich and famous.
What the hell were they thinking?
You can read the Salmon Center’s article here