We want to eat sustainable fish. But sustainability starts at home.
Avoid seafood which has been caught in a way that damages fish stocks or our marine environment. You can start by checking the label – In some cases, the environmental cost of bringing the seafood to your plate is a price not worth paying.
Support low impact fisheries by eating some of their sustainable products. Get hold of some rope-grown mussels, creel-caught crab or hand-dived scallops. Eating fish that are lower in the food chain, that breed prolifically and are plentiful, such as herring and mackerel, tends to be a safer choice – unfortunately most of those caught by UK vessels in local waters are exported or just landed directly to foreign ports.
Labelling requirements for seafood are low-bar. Sellers need only label seafood with the name, whether it was marine or freshwater, wild-caught or farmed, and roughly where it was from. That’s now changing and many shops are providing the information that people want to know, like how and where it was caught.
If you are buying fish and there is no information about where it’s come from and how it was caught, then why not start asking? If you get a clear answer with an assurance of sustainability, then great! Share the information and spread the good news about it. If you can’t find out, then keep asking – if it’s all looking a little fishy, then get in touch and we can help raise awareness.