Sustainable Seafood App Swims Onto Android

Sure, maybe you remember to bring your handy pocket-sized guide to sustainable seafood with you to the supermarket. But what about when you go out to eat? A new smartphone app for Android aims to make sustainable seafood choices easy, via a mobile, easy-to-consult reference guide.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s respected Seafood Watch Program recently announced the launch of its new, free Seafood Watch app for Android, which offers on-the-go access to sustainable seafood choices while shopping or dining. Like the version of this app for iPhone, it also makes use of the program’s Project Fishmap, which features information gleaned from users on local restaurants with sustainable seafood choices on the menu.

Seafood Watch Android App

image via Monterey Bay Aquarium

According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, since Project FishMap was added to the aquarium’s popular Seafood Watch iPhone app in December last year, more than 1,200 individuals have logged in over 2,100 seafood recommendations across more than 400 cities–which means that, chances are, there is information on a sustainable seafood dining option near you. Since the iPhone app debuted in 2009, it has been dowloaded 585,000 times.

The Android app offers access to advisories for seafood found across the U.S., including the Great Lakes and Hawaii, automatically selected according to geo-location, as well as a special guide for sushi lovers (including Japanese names), a search function to find seafood by common market names, and suggestions for sustainable alternatives to items currently listed on the Seafood Watch “Avoid” list.

The app is now available for free download from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.