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Sustainable Seafood Means Survivable Sea Life

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Last month during Lent we talked about how to choose sustainable seafood.  Let’s dive a little deeper into what sustainable seafood means.

When it comes to wild-caught seafood, sustainable means that the fishing practices used to catch fish don’t hurt the long-term survival of the species as a whole. Those practices also minimize harm to the ecosystem as a whole. That means fewer other marine animals are harmed during the fishing process. It also it leaves enough fish in the sea for other animals and for the future.  Best fishing practices vary depending on the type of fish or the location from where they are caught. 

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As for farmed fish and aquaculture seafood, the meaning of sustainable shifts a bit. Aquaculture and fish farms should not be polluting surrounding water with chemicals or waste. Fish and shellfish being raised in farms or aquaculture should not be able to escape into the general population, because their genetics can be very different. Offspring resulting from a wild fish and farmed fish pair may struggle to survive in the wild. In addition, the food being fed to farmed fish should be specific and appropriate. As with wild-caught seafood, there is no one best practice, so it is important that there is someone to look at each scenario carefully.

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That’s where the aforementioned organizations, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and Marine Stewardship Council, come in.  They work with farms and fisheries to set standards, review practices, and make recommendations to both the producer and consumer to choose more environmentally sustainable practices. 

Now, say you or someone you know is not a seafood eater. That’s ok!  Because you can still encourage others to choose sustainable seafood. Also, the food you eat may eat sustainable seafood! For example, cattle are often fed fish-meal as part of their diet. Let’s not forget about all the wonderful marine animals humans love – like dolphins, sharks, otters, and crocodiles – who also depend on seafood.  It’s part of that whole “food web” deal that dictates no plant or animal stands on its own in this world – not even humans.  So even if you’re not a seafood lover, chances are someone or something you love is, and may just need it to survive. 

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Until next time, readers!  Catch me on Twitter and Instagram @CandidCroc for more information on how to choose sustainable seafood!

Posted: 5/22/2017 3:02:58 PM by Oksana Schak


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Carlita the Croc

I'm Carlita the Croc, here to deliver my candid views on various topics, articles, news, and stories in conservation. For the latest news follow me on Twitter, for striking photos follow me on Instagram.

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