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Bike for Sustainable Seafood: HER Helmet Thursdays participants also in Seafood Watch

Mari with her catch of the day.

If I’m going to eat fish, I prefer sustainable.  And I want to know that my children will have healthy waterways, and a healthy planet in general. Biking is another way to help.

Bicycling helps keep things out of the Monterey Bay that don’t belong there—like oil runoff, brake dust, deposited vehicle exhaust, and various automotive fluids, as the City of Monterey’s Transportation Alternatives has noted regarding the environmental impact of cars. And, of course, biking helps the environment in many ways beyond water pollution; see the U.S. Department of Transportation’s research for starters.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program —“Helping people make better seafood choices for a healthy ocean”—includes Seafood Watch restaurant partners. And when you bike on a Thursday to those that also participate in the HER Helmet Thursdays Project, you get a discount too!

The following are in both

HER Helmet Thursdays and Seafood Watch.


(Click any name to go to their HER Helmet Thursdays listing.)

  1. the C restaurant + bar, Monterey
  2. Café Fina, Monterey
  3. Courtside Bistro at Chamisal, Corral de Tierra
  4. Domenico’s on the Wharf, Monterey
  5. Favaloro’s Big Night Bistro, Pacific Grove
  6. Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Room, Monterey
  7. Knuckles Sports Bar at the Hyatt Regency Monterey
  8. La Balena Cucina Toscana, Carmel
  9. Passionfish, Pacific Grove
  10. Peter B’s Brewpub at the Portola Hotel and Spa, Monterey
  11. Point Pinos Grill, Pacific Grove
  12. Rocky Point Restaurant, Carmel (located 10 miles south of Carmel, on the Big Sur coast)
  13. Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar, Monterey
  14. Terry’s Restaurant and Lounge at the Cypress Inn, Carmel
  15. TusCA Ristorante at the Hyatt Regency Monterey
Tip of the helmet also to HER Helmet Thursdays participant Hahn SLH Estates Winery, Soledad for being a Seafood Watch business partner. If you attend a private party, etc. hosted by Hahn, any seafood served will meet the Seafood Watch standards.

How to get the discount and FAQS

See “LISTINGS, How to Get the Discounts, and FAQs about HER Helmet Thursdays.”

Tips on biking there

Besides bike-there tips found in many of the individual HER Helmet Thursdays participants’ listings, make use of bike maps and other tips provided in Bicycling Monterey’s Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide.

Happy pedaling—and happy seafood dining!

Bonus tips

Wineries in HER Helmet Thursdays who are Cooking for Solutions

There are wineries in the HER Helmet Thursdays Project that have also participated in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Cooking for Solutions conference.  Here’s a sampling:

Heller Estate Organic VineyardsHeller Estate Organic Vineyards HER Helmet Thursdays listing – and the Heller bike-to-work winemaker, Rich Tanguay

Scheid VineyardsScheid Vineyards, Greenfield and Scheid Vineyards, Carmel HER Helmet Thursdays listings

More about sustainable seafood

The National Geographic offers these guidelines on How to Eat Seafood Responsibly.

As reported by Juliet Eilperin in the Washington Post,   in 2012, the United States will become the first country to impose catch limits for every species it manages.  Read Eiperin’s story, “U.S. tightens fishing policies, setting 2012 catch limits for all managed species.”

Monterey County beaches

If you’re a beach-lover, see Bike to the Beach to help maximize your fun—and care for the beaches you love.

Fishing-by-bike Tres April 2014 in Monterey

Below, Bicycling Monterey’s founder fishing

at Nelson Lake, Yosemite National Park

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Archived note: Back on June 12,  2012, there were 23 Monterey County restaurants in the Seafood Watch project.  Of those, more than half (13) were also in HER Helmet Thursdays. 

This post was published on 19 May 2011. One or more changes last made to this post on 29 June 2021.

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