As worldwide demand for seafood grows, so does the pressure on the oceans to provide food for a hungry planet, says Randy Parent of the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Now, more than ever, the community’s choices at the seafood counter and in restaurants impact life in the ocean, he says.

A free lecture on the topic of sustainable seafood is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, August 21st, by Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE)-West at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Sheila Bowman, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Outreach Manager, will talk about the current state of seafood systems, issues surrounding fisheries and aquaculture, how those issues translate into stories about people’s favorite fish and actions that each person can take to have a positive impact on the health of the ocean.

Bowman will also distribute Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch pocket guides, which make seafood choices easier. Participants can find out how their favorite seafood rates as a “green” choice and how to choose seafood that tastes good and is also good for the oceans.

The lecture, with a follow-up question-and-answer session, will be held in the library’s Martin Luther King Auditorium.

This is the fourth free lecture in the 2007-2008 series sponsored by the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence.

Information, www.healthebay .org/smpa/.

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