The overfishing crisis was on the menu, and the marquee, for Sustainable West Seattle last night, launching their new periodic film series. The cautionary film based on the book “The End of the Line“ was on screen, and then sustainable-seafood star Chef Hajime Sato, proprietor of Mashiko in The Junction, was onstage. If you don’t want to eat endangered fish, he pointed out, bluefin tuna is far from the only thing to avoid:
This summer will mark two years since he gained fame for not just advocating “sustainable sushi” but dedicating his acclaimed restaurant to it. But, he said, “I’m not telling you to stop eating everything; if we protect certain species, they are coming back.” Another video clip after the jump:
He acknowledged it’s close to impossible to verify that fish is from a certain source if the seller says so, which is why you need to find people you trust:
One of the best-known lists of sustainable seafood comes from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program – find them here in a variety of formats, including mobile apps. Speaking of going mobile, SWS also had bicycles on display in the lobby, with Stu Hennessey of Alki Bike and Board on hand to talk two-wheeling. Keep an eye on the SWS website for announcements of the Spokespeople West Seattle bicycle rides he leads, as well as upcoming Sustainable West Seattle events. One biggie was mentioned again last night by Christina Hahs: The West Seattle Tool Library‘s last day at its South Seattle Community College location is April 3rd, and it’ll reopen in its new Youngstown Cultural Arts Center spot on April 9th.