One of our big successes this semester was our Sustainable Seafood campaign, spearheaded by Hannah Perls, CC '11. We emailed the friendly folks at Dining Services, and after one meeting got almost all our demands met...it was a great, and easy, success.
More specifically, we presented Joe Heavey, executive director of Dining Services, with a list of unsustainable seafood and various more sustainable alternatives. He then implemented a switch in John Jay's menu and purchasing to conform with our lists. These lists can be found here. For more general information on sustainable seafood, check out this website, and go here for wallet-sized guides for seafood choices.
The only fish not included in the switch to sustainability was salmon, and unfortunately salmon is one of the worst of seafood choices for the environment, unless one buys wild Alaskan salmon, which is expensive. We hope to work further with Dining Services to find a solution to this issue next semester. We also hope to extend this initiative to Hewitt dining hall. UPDATE: THEY'VE SWITCHED TO WILD ALASKAN SALMON. YAY!!
In the meantime, take care in knowing that the seafood you eat in John Jay, with the exception of salmon, is sustainable!