Many of the world’s fish populations are threatened by over-consumption with severe implications for the millions of humans that depend on them for their livelihood and sustenance. You can do your part to stem this tide of unsustainable fishing, use the Marine Conservation Society Good Fish Guide and make sustainable choices.
The Bad News
Some estimates indicate that 90% of fish stocks worldwide are under stress, either over-fished or fully exploited.
The Good News
As recently suggested by the stabilization of the western Atlantic Blue Fin population many fish stocks can recover if given protection and sustainable management.
The creation of marine protected areas (MPAs) and improving both wild and farmed fishing practices are important and necessary steps in protecting the world’s remaining fish stocks and reaching sustainability.
What You Can Do!
The Marine Conservation Society provides the Good Fish Guide that enables you to make sustainable choices when shopping for fish at either your local market or favorite restaurant.
The Society recommends five fish that you should not eat: Grey Mullet, Mediterranean swordfish, wild Seabass, European Eel and wild Atlantic halibut. These five species are severely over-fished, but your actions can help to bring them back to sustainability.
The society’s guide is published in the UK however its recommendations apply to North America as well and remember to follow this guide when traveling, especially in Europe.
Here are Five Actions you can take!
- Download a guide showing how fish are caught
- View the Good Fish Guide online
- Download the Good Fish Guide .pdf
- Download the guide showing how fish are farmed
- Download our award winning “Good Fish Guide App”.
Enjoy Seafood but Choose Sustainably!
By Robert Frerck, Blue Ocean Network
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