Solutions to overfishing

This post is a continuation on Artemis post about overfishing.

SushiSeafood is a healthy diet that you shouldn’t stop eating. Instead, you should take some time to read what kind of fishes you can buy that will make as little damage as possible. This can be hard when the result varies between different regions. But luckily WWF have made 12 different seafood guides for consumers from around the world.

Together with the Seafood Choices Alliance, WWF has developed a consistent methodology to assess the sustainability of seafood species. Based on this, different WWF offices around the world have created consumer guides with information on which fish to buy.

You should also start to buy (or demand) sustainable seafood with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel. Please note however that some countries don’t use this symbol but their own label, so again, labels like these may vary between different regions.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an independent, global, non-profit organization which was set up in 1997 to find a solution to the problem of overfishing. It has developed an environmental standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries. Environmentally responsible fisheries management and practices are rewarded with the use of its blue product ecolabel.

Do you like Sushi, Fish & Chips, Seafood Paella or another seafood dish? Probably you do but do you know what kind of problems comes with them? Over at WWF you can learn more on how much destruction and problems your favourite fish dish has contributed to. They will also give you several tips and ideas on how to solve the problems.

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Im not a fan of seafoods, LOL but im concerned though about overkill on our natural resources, especially here in the Philippines, good advocacy! keep it up!

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Guest C.McMahen

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Thanks for some good commentary on the overfishing problem and additional resources. Keep up the good work! I thought your readers might also enjoy a post and a video we highlighted at the http://www.circleoffood.com/blog on overfishing. http://www.circleoffood.com/blog/2007/08/20/an-eco-look-at-our-endangered-fish-species/

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Guest rachel

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One easy thing consumers can do is buy their canned seafood from reputable companies that are doing sustainable fishing... companies like EcoFish are a really good example. And once you've had their canned tuna or salmon, you'll never look at a can of fish the same way. You can get them online at www.shopOrganic.com.

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Guest Hebgen Lake

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Why don't we try fishing our own fish, It is so much fun I often do it with my friends and most of the time with my families. Well it is an activity we often do at our camping weekends

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Guest Hebgen Lake

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Why don't we try fishing our own fish, It is so much fun I often do it with my friends and most of the time with my families. Well it is an activity we often do at our camping weekends

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Guest Kyle Weng

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 No, no, no.  Eat the right kinds of fish.  It's not like we're putting you on a diet.

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