There are numerous reasons to buy seafood considered sustainable, including your own health and the health of our oceans. Part of the challenge is that 'sustainable seafood' is an imprecise term that doesn’t currently have any governmental definition. But it doesn’t need to be so challenging, and we’ll explain why.
Why is sustainable seafood difficult to define?
It’s based on a few factors:
For wild-caught seafood:
- What is the population of the species at a certain location? Are populations strong and is there a plan for managing the resource responsibly.
- What is the catch method? Does it damage the environment? Is there by-catch (also called incidental catch)? Are the fish caught before they reproduce?
For farm-raised seafood:
- Is there interaction with the local environment? To what extent?
- What is being fed? What is the ratio of protein-in to protein-out?
- Are chemicals being introduced to the fish?
Supporting seafood means you need to know:
- The particular species in question (this can be tricky)
- The location the seafood was caught or farmed
- The method by which the seafood was caught or farmed
And then you need to take all these answers and apply it to the recommendations of a trusted non-profit, science-based organization. Whew! That’s a lot to ask of us when we’re hungry!
There’s a better way…
i love blue sea sells only seafood that is certified sustainable by what many consider the most trusted source on the subject, Monterey Bay Aquarium. You can buy anything we sell, knowing that we’ve worked hard to ensure every dollar you spend is fueling the push for a more sustainable seafood industry. Thanks for joining us.