It’s estimated that a billion people rely on fish for their main source of protein, and fish have less environmental impact with a smaller carbon footprint than red meat or chicken. But with an expanding world population the ocean’s fish stocks are threatened, with 90% fully fished or over-fished and many species, like Bluefin Tuna on the verge of extinction. And the forecast is for future demand to increase by 17% in the next decade.
Farmed Seafood Can Equal Sustainable Seafood
Today the long-term sustainability of the oceans are under threat not only from over-fishing but from rising ocean temperatures, ocean acidification, coral reef bleaching, sea level rise and pollution. This has caused Leonardo DiCaprio, the well-known actor and environmental activist to partner with LovetheWild, a seafood brand based in Boulder, Colorado (don’t we love those folks in Boulder) that sells 100 percent farmed seafood and has a responsible and sustainable approach to aquaculture. The company’s website motto is “Make a Difference By Making Dinner”
DeCaprio joined with Aqua-Spark, a sustainable aquaculture investment fund to inject $3 million into the company, plus DeCaprio willserve as an advisor on company policies.
“Exploitation has left our Oceans on the Brink of Collapse”
“The exploitation of our oceans has left many marine ecosystems on the brink of total collapse, which is hurting our ability to harvest our seas as a reliable food source as we have for thousands of years,” DiCaprio continued. “Love The Wild is empowering people to take action on this crisis in a very meaningful way.” (photo- LovetheWild)
Farmed seafood, or aquaculture, currently provides 50% of all fish consumed globally. However, some farmed food operators, such as Chile’s salmon industry, have been criticized for raising them on unhealthy diets and antibiotics and crowding them into tight enclosures that breed disease. But hopefully aquaculture practices are improving and higher standards are being set.
Good for the Ocean and Good for You
Jacqueline Claudia and Christy Brouker founded LoveTheWild in 2014, with the aim of selling sustainable seafood that’s good for the oceans and you at the same time, by selecting fish from the world’s “most well-managed farms.” See Blue Ocean’s Sustainable Seafood, Everything You Need to Know.
“Our vision for LoveTheWild was inspired by our dedication to aquaculture, and we’re very humbled that the quality of our products and integrity of our vision has attracted such a powerful group of supporters and investors,” said Claudia, LoveTheWild CEO, in a statement.
“We are excited that Mr. DiCaprio, someone so dedicated to environmental activism, has partnered with LoveTheWild to help make it easy for consumers to make an impact on the environment through something as simple as choosing the right thing for dinner. (photo – Richard Eskite/Nat. Geo./Getty)
For the entire article see Ecowatch: Leonardo DiCaprio Invests in Farmed Fish Company, Calls Ocean Exploitation a ‘Crisis’ also in International Business Times and Esquire and see the following links.
National Geographic: Sustainable Seafood
Monterey Bay Acquarium’s Seafood Watch
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