A Victory for Science over PR? Updated Seafood Watch Guide Gives Farmed Salmon a Red “Avoid” Ranking

On April 28, 2014, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program released its latest updated rankings on the seafood you see in supermarkets and on restaurant menus.

As noted in a report from the seafood industry website Intrafish:

The Seafood Watch's farmed salmon ratings were last updated in 2005. [Monterey Bay Aquarium Communications Director Ken] Peterson didn't point to any specific information or data that determined the report's outcome, instead referring to the massive amount of research published in the last decade.

‘I don't think there was one particular piece, but the volume of peer-reviewed science published in peer-reviewed journals that came out as we moved along,’ he said.

In other words, it appears peer-reviewed science is winning the battle against farmed salmon-industry PR. 

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