Futile as it seems, though, there are things that we as individuals can do, and they're the things you've heard your hippie friends harping on for decades: BYO canvas bags to the grocery store, ride your bike (it's the carbon dioxide from cars that's causing the acidification, see), and consider what you're eating.
Regarding that last point, rest assured that this is not some ploy to get you to go vegan. But it is cause to think about the seafood you're consuming, and encouragement to look for species that aren't currently headed toward the endangered list. That's hard to do if you eat a lot of sushi; the stock of fish such as bluefin tuna and red snapper are in particularly dire states, yet they remain some of the most popular items at the sushi bar.
Bamboo Sushi, a sleek spot at 2715 17th Street in LoHi that just won our Best Sushi Bar designation in this year's Best of Denver. Bamboo's original Portland location was honored by the Marine Stewardship Council as the first sustainable sushi restaurant in the U.S. — and it brings the same approach to Denver.
What's more, Bamboo is affordable, especially when compared with other exalted temples of fish, and feels generous: Each meal starts with a complimentary serving of edamame. The best deal is the omakase, which starts at $40 and could buy you a tour of the restaurant's yakumi options, which dress up nigiri with, say, a dab of pesto or a little lemon zest and sea salt (for purists, straight nigiri is also available, as is sashimi and a variety of rolls). Go to Bamboo on Wednesdays and you can also partake in half-priced bottles of sake.
And the only thing we'd avoid outright is the okonomiyaki, a Japanese pancake loaded with scallops, shrimp and mushrooms that here is both too soggy and too sweet.
Pair your early meal with a $4 16-ounce draft Sapporo or a discounted glass of sake — or, on Wednesdays, a half-priced bottle of sake. At Bamboo Sushi, you can help save the seas, one happy-hour bite at a time.