Fish are a healthy source of protein and buying responsible seafood
supports the livelihoods of fishermen around the world. However, global
fisheries are on the verge of collapse. According to the U.N. Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO), three quarters of the world’s fisheries
are now overexploited, fully exploited, significantly depleted or only
recovering from overexploitation. Carry a sustainable seafood card or
download the app, the SASSI app in South Africa or the Seafood Watch app
in the USA and ask your seafood restaurant or fish market to buy from
sustainable fisheries. Look for special terms like “pole caught”, “diver
caught” or “sustainably harvested”.
Eating seafood doesn’t have to be damaging to the ocean. Before you eat a fish know his name (accurate seafood labeling), his old neighborhood (fish population status changes by region) and how the rest of his family is doing (health of the fish stock).
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