Question: I LOVE sushi, but I’ve been reading about how fishing for it is decimating the worlds fishes. How do I know what sushi is OK to eat? –Jim, San Francisco
Why is eating sustainable sushi important?
With 70% of the world’s fisheries harvested at capacity or in decline, it’s essential for companies and consumers to select fishes that are sustainable in order to keep the culinary art of sushi for our future generations.
What are your tips for selecting sustainable fish?
At Genji Sushi, we recommend sticking to the “Four S’s” when selecting sustainable sushi: small, silver, seasonal and shellfish.
What are some examples of sustainable fish?
Wild albacore tuna, wild salmon, shrimp and shellfish are delicious options for customers interested in eating sustainably.
What are a few tips for knowing sushi is fresh?
1. Choose very moist and shiny seafood with a cut-end surface.
2. Look for solid pieces of sushi rice (mushy sushi rice means it’s been on-shelf longer).
3. When examining the fish, the dark flesh area in white fish, yellowtail, and mackerel has to be red or pink (not brown or greenish brown).
Ken Blakeman is Marketing Director at Genji and is a strong proponent of introducing sustainable and responsibly-farmed options to the product mix within the supermarket sushi industry.