When the Monterey Bay Aquarium was first getting underway, local fisherman Giuseppe “Joey” Pennisi helped catch some of the octopus and ling cod to put in the tanks.

But then, he says, his relationship with the aquarium soured with the launch of the Seafood Watch program. Many of the species he caught were on the “red” list of fish to avoid because of overfishing.

“Early on, the aquarium really destroyed our fishery,” says Pennisi. “We got hammered by that Seafood Watch card, it was really bad.”

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