How to Eat Fish and Seafood Sustainably
Overfishing has become a major concern among environmentalists. All fisheries are aware of illegal, wasteful fishing practices that are putting the local fish populations at the risk of being depleted. Alaska is one of many regions that has strict fishing regulations. People who consume fish should do their part to eat more sustainably.
Don’t Eat Endangered Fish
Do not eat fish species that are on the endangered list. It’s easy to find this list by doing a simple search online or visiting the Marine Conservation Society’s website. Environmental organizations provide lists of fish to avoid and to eat on a regular basis.
Eat More Sustainable Fish
Eat more fish that are sustainable, meaning they are in abundant supply. Sardines are a plentiful, fast-growing species that are found in many locations in Europe and North America. Alaskan salmon, clams, oysters, tuna, mussels and mackerel are caught responsibly by modern fishermen. Prepare meals that are more sustainable like a salmon or tuna recipe, and save the rare, exotic fish for special occasions.
Buy Local or Seasonal Fish
Buy fish that is caught and sold by local fishermen. They are more likely to use smaller nets and use less destructive fishing techniques. Buy less of the kind that is overfished in the oceans, caught in large nets and shipped over long distances. Also, buy fish that are available only during certain times of the year.
Buy Organic Fish
Organic fish is grown, caught and sold in its natural state without pesticides or harmful chemicals. Organic fish products have a long list of stringent requirements that they must pass before being labeled as organic. Organic fishing is not as common as traditional fishing that includes the use of longline nets. Buying organic fish is another conscious method of preserving different fish species.
Read the Label
Know the origins of your fish by reading the label. Some fish have sustainable labels. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has blue labels that indicate which wild fish and seafood products are certified to meet their standards of sustainability.
Everyone enjoys seafood from tuna to Alaskan salmon. However, not everyone practices safe, environmentally conservative fishing techniques. When they go out into the ocean, they take out more than they can put back into the water. Many fishermen and fisheries are taking up the practice of eco-fishing. People who love seafood are encouraged to eat sustainably to protect the wildlife in the oceans, rivers and lakes.