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Most of us don’t reach for a rod and reel when we want fish for dinner. We go to the supermarket and choose what looks fresh or we select convenient, ready-to-cook frozen fish. Often, there is little information about how the fish we’re buying was caught or whether it may contain traces of mercury or other substances. We wouldn’t fish in waters known to contain contaminated fish, so too should we take every precaution to buy seafood that’s fresh and safest to eat. This is the second day of my 5-day review of helpful phone apps for seafood lovers. Each day this week I am reviewing an app and corresponding websites that provide invaluable information for seafood consumers.
Fish Phone is available on iTunes for iPhone users, but other cell phone users can text “Fish” and the name of a specific fish or other seafood to 30644 to receive a fairly instant response with detailed information about the fish or seafood in question. When I sent a text to 30644 with the words “fish, eel” it took 20 seconds to receive information about the abundance, mercury and PCB levels, and farming practices regarding the American Eel. The Blue Ocean Institute also offers a downloadable seafood guide.
The widget below doesn’t look like the app, but you can evaluate the information that Fish Phone provides by typing in the search box.