As the entire world is getting conscious of the recklessness of humankind on nature, people are making more environment-friendly choices than before. For too long, the seafood industry has functioned without any set guidelines in place – leading to over-exploiting the global fish population. This has led to several breeds being dangerously close to depletion.
Did you know that Tuna, often called ‘chicken of the sea’, is one of the most consumed fishes? It is enjoyed around the world and used in various cuisines. But overfishing and other unsustainable fishing practices almost depleted 90% of the ocean reserves when it comes to tuna.
Since the late 90s, efforts have been made to nurture the marine environment and prevent disastrous practices – thus ensuring the future generation continue to have the chance to enjoy seafood without complications.
What is sustainable seafood?
According to the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), sustainable seafood is the most environmentally efficient source of protein on the planet.
Around the world, different national and private organisations have joined hands to ensure that sustainable seafood practices are put in place to ensure that seafood is fished
∙ From a healthy population – so people can continue to enjoy the species or breed in the future.
∙ With minimal impact on the marine habitats – so breeding grounds and marine ecosystems are not affected.
The data to support these practices are generated with the aid of technology and shared with the local fishing communities & fisheries.
What can individuals do to help?
The choice to make a change begins with every individual. Look if your seafood is sourced through sustainable fishing practices and take a stand against irresponsibly sourced seafood.
This conscious call for sustainability is to ensure a better future – something that is going to make everyone participate and change.
4 eco-friendly seafood choices
- Barramundi: It has a delicate texture and a sweet, mild taste. It is farm-raised with no impact to the marine ecosystem.
- Sardines: They have a rich, strong flavour – though over-fished in the past, sardines are fast-growing and have minimal impact on the environment.
- Shellfish: Oysters, clams, and mussels have a salty, clean taste – most of what we see on the shelves is farmed without harming the marine habitat.
- Mackerel: It is very high in Omega-3 and low in mercury, and farmed in fisheries – making it a healthy and sustainable choice.