Buy sustainable seafood
Overfishing is one of the biggest threats facing our oceans today and yet we rarely hear about it. Roughly 90 per cent of the world’s fish are now fully fished or overfished according to the most recent report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). ⠀
As the global population continues to grow, the need for sustainable and healthy protein sources is key and seafood will play an important role for some. ⠀
Choosing to buy seafood that was fished sustainably helps ensure that we will be able to continue to enjoy seafood for generations to come. ⠀
So, how do you know what’s sustainable where you shop? Spend a few minutes to do a little research about certification schemes or sustainability labels in your country. In Canada, we have the Ocean Wise label. They work directly with suppliers to assess their fishing practices. They then allow them to use the label on their products if they are approved. ⠀
You can also download an app, such as Seafood Watch or the Good Fish Guide, so you can see which fish are caught unsustainably. You can avoid these species/areas or ask your grocer about the sourcing practices of their suppliers. They might not know off-hand but you asking will let them know that their customers care.