What Is Sustainable Seafood?
“Marine Stewardship Council. Certified sustainable seafood. There are more than 20.000 MSC labelled, certified sustainable seafood products on sale around the world.”
For all of us who love fish and seafood, it is sad news to hear and read about the state of certain fish and seafood around the world. Not only do we have reckless fishers and consumers who do not care about the marine environment, often due to lack of awareness and/or knowledge, but also suffering of marine species due to over-fishing and/or poor fishing practices. As a novice fisher, I am basically not to teach anyone sustainable fishing practices, but I would urge all consumers and fishers to learn more about our marine environments, including rivers, lakes, seas and oceans, and how vulnerable these are to a number of human activities.
Be a responsible consumer, and a responsible fisher. Use common sense, obey laws, and contribute to healthy water sources, i.e. marine environments. Much of the pollution, including millions of tons of plastic waste, that us human beings cause, end up in our lakes, rivers, seas and oceans, harming everything that lives underwater. Being a responsible consumer also signifies that you do not eat species that are especially vulnerable, or under threat, including shark, and whale meat. If you consume fish and seafood, make sure to check that the product has been caught with sustainable fishing practices, ensuring that it has not harmed other marine creatures, such as dolphins.
Learn more about sustainable fishing practices here (Marine Stewardship Council: Our fisheries, our future. Sustainable fishing in the developing world):
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