Sustainable Fish: Do You Know Where Your Seafood Comes From?

Sustainable fish is a term that you are probably seeing on a lot more menus these days.  Unlike most food fads, this is one that won't be going away any time soon.  A lot of us have been guilty of...

Sustainable fish is a term that you are probably seeing on a lot more menus these days.  Unlike most food fads, this is one that won't be going away any time soon.  A lot of us have been guilty of jumping on the bacon or kale bandwagon, but sourcing sustainable fish is both a delicious and extremely crucial way to ensure the well being of our marine ecosystems.

Do You Know How Your Fish is Caught?
Do You Know How Your Fish is Caught?

What is sustainable fishing?

Sustainable fishing is a way of responsibly procuring seafood while maintaining little to no impact on the surrounding fish and environment. There are many different methods used to catch fish and some are much more detrimental to our sea life than others.

Why is it important?

Bycatch is a term used for the unwanted fish that are unintentionally caught while fishing for a certain species.  Large scale methods, also known as over farming, that involve nets have a higher risk; not only of catching unwanted fish, but also harming them in the process.  Other low impact methods, such as traps or pots, keep the fish alive so any bycatch can be released. Other methods are even capable of damaging the sea floor.  It is crucial to know where your seafood comes from in order to reduce the casualties.

Fresh Caught Fish on a Boat
Fresh Caught Fish on a Boat

How can we help?

There are many websites, such as Fish Watch and Seafood Watch, that are designed to help us understand more about sustainable fishing.  They allow us to discover which types of seafood are obtained responsibly and which types of seafood to avoid.  As a consumer, if we lessen the demand for fish that are over farmed, we can help our sustainable fisheries take over more of the market.

There are also Eco-Labels which are awarded to fishing operations that have been inspected and assessed in order to determine their impact on the environment.  Looking for this seal of approval will let you know that your seafood was sourced responsibly.  Always ask questions.  If your vendor or supplier can't tell you where the seafood comes from, it might be time to find another source.  After you've found your top choice of sustainable fish, contact us or visit our website for recipes and equipment to help you make the most of your purchase.