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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – Several Boston area restaurants are participating in a special effort to increase awareness about sustainable seafood choices.

Blue Ginger in Wellesley, EVOO in Cambridge, Turner Fisheries Restaurant in Boston, Lumiere in Newton, Area Four in Cambridge, Taranta Restaurant in Boston, and City Landing in Boston are all a part of the "Blue Plate Special" program. The program seeks to educate diners about the plentiful and delicious choices available on menus that are also ocean-friendly.

"It's about finding the right balance. We want to serve the freshest, most fantastic flavors, but we also need to recognize the potential impact our choices have on the livelihood of certain at-risk species. These efforts really can help protect our ocean's diversity," Ming Tsai, chef and owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley

The New England Aquarium's started their Sustainable Seafood Program in 2000 in hopes of developing sustainable seafood practices. They have teamed up with restauranteurs, fishermen, fish farmers, and buyers throughout the world to protect vulnerable fish species.

Among the fish selected for the Blue Plate Special dishes are: Alaska pollock, Alaska salmon, Atlantic deep sea red crab, Atlantic mackerel, US-farmed bay scallops, US-farmed catfish, farmed clams, Dungeness crab, US-farmed kelp, longfin squid, market squid, farmed mussels, farmed oysters, Pacific sardine, redfish, sablefish, US-farmed or wild striped bass, and wreckfish.

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