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(article, Culinate staff)
For folks concerned about the true identity of the wild fish they're eating, the Gulf Wild program may provide some reassurance. The program — arranged by the the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance — labels and tracks fish caught in the Gulf of Mexico. The twin goals are to preserve the Gulf's fishing industry by focusing on sustainable fishing and to reassure consumers that a fish labeled as grouper or red snapper is the real deal. The only problem? While wild-caught grouper from the Gulf is deemed a "good alternative" by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, wild-caught red snapper from the Gulf is dinged as an "avoid" fish — meaning it's been overfished already. Which is one reason why the aquaculture industry is so energetic. As a recent article in the New York Times reported, U.S. shrimp farmers are hopeful that their land-based, stacked-tanks concept will allow them to rapidly raise shrimp in a clean, efficient manner without the environmental hazards of open-ocean farming.