As part of their mission to reform destructive fishing practices, Ocean2012 explains the risk of catching too much fish, in motion graphics. I like the pixelated aesthetic.
See also Nigel Upchurch’s video on farmed fish.
As a consumer, I’m still confused. Can someone make a list of fish I can and can’t eat without disrupting ocean equilibrium?
Update: Here’s another on the story of sushi by Four Story Treehouse. It uses hand-crafted figurines and is more emotionally driven. [Thanks, Nigel]
David McCandless’s Information is Beautiful includes a good fish/bad fish infographic that looks like this: http://www.ariaprene.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/endangered-fish-infographic.jpg
WWF has a guide here (in danish, perhaps it exists in english too) : http://www.hvaforenfisk.dk/Menu/WWF's+fiskeguide
I guess the take-home message that affects most people would be – don’t eat tuna.
Here are some country-specific guides: http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/how_we_work/conservation/marine/sustainable_fishing/sustainable_seafood/seafood_guides/
The Monterey Bay Aquarium maintains a sustainable seafood page:
They also have Android/iPhone apps and a printable pocket guide.
Seafood Watch from the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a very respected program among biologists.
You should read “Four Fish” by Paul Greenberg. He says that the number one question he gets is the same one you just asked: “So, which fish should I eat?” The answer is not as simple as a list.
Nathan, did you edit this post to remove a comment about farmed fish? (I just ask because I’m looking for a quote from a ‘confused’ consumer).
PS: I recommend Ray Hilborn’s book as an introduction to the issues http://www.amazon.com/Overfishing-What-Everyone-Needs-ebook/dp/B007ADU6JK