You are here: Home Food & Kitchen Eat Drink Better My Dog Says, Eat More Sardines My Dog Says, Eat More Sardines by rachelshulman October 26, 2009, 5:22 pm My dog taught me to make better seafood choices. Weird, I know. You see, my dog has a lot of, er… issues. By the time I adopted her, she had lived on the streets of East St. Louis for three months, bounced through eight different foster homes, and had one failed adoption – all before her first birthday. Dealing with her emotional baggage has become a big part of my life. Since she doesn’t find pets, praise, or ordinary dog treats very motivating, I’ve had to get more creative in my training. One food she finds really motivating are canned sardines. Before I got this dog, I had never eaten a sardine. Once my pantry was stocked with at least a dozen tins of sardines – an option I knew was more sustainable and lower in mercury than the neighboring cans of tuna – it was inevitable that I would get curious. I’ve since become a convert, and it looks I’m not the only one focusing on the sardine as a greener seafood option. The Monterey Bay Aquarium ranked the Pacific sardine as one of the “Best of the Best” on its new “Super Green List,” which debuted last Tuesday. The list spotlights species that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, relatively low in contaminant levels, and sustainably harvested. Chefs and culinary leaders launched the “Save Our Seafood” campaign to coincide with the debut of “The Super Green List.” Participants pledge to avoid fish ranked as “red” on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch list and promise to showcase the deliciousness of sustainable seafood on their menus. Besides chefs doing their part to reacquaint diners with sardines, the sardine’s affordability and distinctive flavor are setting the stage for its culinary comeback. I enjoy smoked sardines in a warm tortilla with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and a drizzle of mustard vinaigrette. I also love sardines in pasta – try mashing them into pesto or tomato sauce. Sometimes I follow my dog’s lead and eat them straight out of the tin. For more information, visit: Sardines: Sustainable Food to Feed the World FishWatch – U.S. Seafood Facts Common Questions About Contaminants in Fish A New School of Thought About Sardines The Rise of the Sardine A Seafood Snob Ponders the Future of Fish Sardines With Your Bagel? Related posts: Environmental Defense Fund: The New Sardine – Thinking Outside the Can Go Fish-The Best Fish for Healthy Eating How to Find the Most Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Fish for Your Dinner Table (Top image courtesy of roboppy at flickr under a Creative Commons license) See more Previous article An Interview With the Director of Marketing of Zumbox, the New Promise for Paperless Mail Next article 40,000 Atlantic Salmon Escape Canadian Fish Farm Into the Pacific 2 Comments Leave a Reply Unfortunately, sardines might be more sustainable than tuna, but both are being completely depleted from our oceans, and neither is as sustainable as plants! Reply Sardine fisheries are not perfect – no fishery is. But sardines could be more sustainable if we stopped using them as feed for farmed tuna. Reply One Ping Pingback:Healthy, Sustainable Dog Treats : Eat. Drink. Better. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.