The Ocean serves many purposes. It regulates our climate, provides us with recreational opportunities, is the major source of the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat. However, our oceans are in serious trouble. The global catch of wild fish leveled out 15 years ago and a majority of the world’s fisheries are either declining or being harvested at capacity. Demand for fish is also increasing and it is now over seven times what it was in 1950. There are a variety of destructive fishing practices such as bottom trawling and long lining that are devastating the marine environment. Our oceans are being fished at alarming rates and scientists estimate that most of the world’s major fishery species have been reduced in numbers by about 80 percent. We as consumers can make a difference by choosing seafood that has been sustainably harvested. Our seafood choices offer a daily opportunity to contribute to the oceans health.
Fish to Avoid
- Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna
- Skates and Rays
- Antarctic & Patagonian Toothfish (Sea Bass)
- Orange Roughy
- Sardines and anchovies
- Wild caught west coast salmon
- Farmed US Tilapia
- Mussels, Clams and Oysters
·What You Can Do·
- Use all available resources to make smart choices about seafood.
- Ask where your seafood comes from before you make a choice.
- Avoid unsustainable seafood at markets and restaurants.
- Teach others about the importance of being a conscious consumer.
- Show your support for local businesses that incorporate sustainable seafood practices.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Food Watch-information for consumers and businesses
Fish Choice– connects buyers and sellers of sustainable seafood
GreenPeace Seafood- store ratings for sustainable seafood
Fish Watch– NOAA’s seafood watch
SeaChoice– Making smart seafood decisions for today and tomorrow
Marine Stewardship Council– Certifies sustainable seafood
Blue Ocean Institute Sea Food Choices– searchable guide for seafood
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