Are you a fancy diner who is environmentally conscious, an avid follower of the MBA Seawatch program, but want to stop using the paper? Maybe you're interested in doing your part to help stop the over-fishing of our oceans? If so, then the new application from Monterey Bay Aquarium is perfect for you.
Seafood Guide is exactly what it sounds like. It is a guide on your iPhone or iPod Touch that displays all sorts of useful information about the fish that you are about to eat. Look at the danger to each fish, examine the reasons, and even show your waiter what the fish you want looks like. Yep, Seafood Guide can do all of this, and more. Oh, and did I mention it is free?
Seafood Guide is a well designed and polished application for your iPhone. With an easy-to-use interface, and simple flick-based scrolling, the Guide is a perfect example of a minimalist take on an application. Plus, they are planning on making it work in both landscape and portrait views via the iPhone Accelerometer. Though it is lacking in full-fledged features, Seafood Guide is a fully-functioning program and does exactly what it was intended to do. That is, Seafood Guide makes sure that you can get the data that you need, when you need it, no matter where you are.
One of the nice features about Seafood Guide is that it can work literally anywhere. While the images are only available if you have an Internet connection (hopefully this will be fixed in an update), all of the other data is stored on your iPhone or iPod Touch. This is essential, as you are not always going to have Internet connections available. If you are on a cruise ship, an airplane, or an expensive restaurant in the bottom of a concrete structure (I am sure that there is one someplace), you are still able to be careful and concerned about what you eat. This is essential for any concerned citizen, be they a marine biologist or merely a person going out on a date.