10/06/2008 - Cruising the seafood counters at the Reading Terminal Market amounts to a grand tour of the ocean's bounty. I counted nearly 65 kinds of fish and shellfish in less than 10 minutes.
Catfish and clams. Scallops and shrimp. Yum.
But wait! Grouper is overfished. Chilean sea bass is caught with bottom longlines, which can entangle and kill sea birds. Orange roughy is overfished, and the bottom trawlers that catch it damage the sea floor.
The National Marine Fisheries Service proudly notes that 80 percent of more than 250 federally managed fish populations are just fine. Most of what you see in a fish store is federally managed, if - and it's a big if - it's not imported or farmed.
But that also means 20 percent aren't.
And "if you look at fisheries globally," says Joshua Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, "they're generally in not good shape."
Read the full article GreenSpace: Making the Best Catch on The Philadelphia Inquirer's Web site.