Sustainable Kosher Fish


(Evelyn C. Leeper) #1

Has anyone come up with a list of kosher fish that are sustainable, not produced with slave labor, etc.? The Monterey Bay Aquarium list usually has a whole bunch of trefe on it, and also doesn’t look at other aspects of production.

(I personally am not as concerned about a hechsher as that the fish is at least not trefe when it’s still swimming around.)

Currently all I can find around here (NJ) that meets the requirements and doesn’t cost a fortune is Silverbrite Salmon, and canned fish (tuna, sardines, anchovies).


#2

Feature foods in Canada has a line of Herring and some salmon & whitefish that is all good…I think in NYC area it is private labeled and sold under the Acme smoked fish banner all OU,


(Evelyn C. Leeper) #3

But this is still canned fish, right?

My husband just pointed me toward a Ted Talk about sustainable seafood. But Paul Greenberg’s rules for fish (well, seafood, really) are:

  1. Eat American seafood.
  2. A much greater variety than we currently do.
  3. Mostly farmed filter feeders.

Well, #3 is the killer for trying to find sustainable kosher fish (and a bit ironic for someone named Greenberg :slight_smile: . There’s the “Big 3” everyone lists: sardines, anchovies, and herring. All are primarily canned (or jarred). It still sounds as though trying to keep kosher and “save the planet” means never eating fresh fish.


#4

It’s not that difficult to find herring and sardines uncanned and unjarred. One of the vendors at the Tomkins Square Greenmarket in Manhattan (I think it was PE & DD) had fresh local herring last week. Fresh sardines are pretty easy to come by - I’ve seen them at The Lobster Place and at Whole Foods. And Russ & Daughters sells pickled herring, which I know because I just waited an hour in line for it.