Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar is the first restaurant group in the state of Colorado to partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. "This partnership represents a commitment to serve only environmentally responsible seafood," says a press release.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program recommends which seafood items are "best choices" and "good alternatives" for restaurant buyers. It also makes suggestions about which seafood to avoid because it is overfished, or caught or farmed in ways that harm the environment.
Jax uses only seafood that falls into the first two Seafood Watch categories, best choices and good alternatives. Menu items at the various Jax locations (in Boulder, Fort Collins, Denver, and Glendale) include whole grilled branzino with red potato, arugula, goat cheese, grilled lemon, and mustard vinaigrette; grilled U.S.-caught swordfish with fingerling potatoes, tomato, paprika, preserved lemon, and olives; wild coho salmon with pumpkin curry, parsnip chips, rapini, and fried potatoes; and pan-roasted steelhead trout with potato rosti, frisée, horseradish cream, and bacon infused trout roe.
"We have had these practices in place for years [before joining Seafood Watch]," said Dave Query, founder of Big Red F Restaurant Group, parent company of Jax.