Sustainable seafood is seafood that is caught or farmed with minimal environmental and social impacts. These days, there is a growing demand for ethical and sustainable seafood as the fishing industry is wreaking havoc on our oceans from overfishing, habitat destruction, and much more. Many seafood species are being extracted from the oceans so quickly that wild populations can’t replenish. In fact, 93% of wild fish populations are considered fully-fished or overfished. A simple google search will inform you of all the dirty secrets of the fishing industry.
So, you may be wondering, “how does one buy sustainable seafood?”
Start a Conversation
Certain restaurants and markets will mention where their seafood comes from and if it contains any sustainability certifications. Frozen seafood products should list the companies fishing practices. If you notice a lack of sustainable certification in the seafood being offered in your local market or restaurants, it’s important to ask questions about where your seafood comes from. This will create a conversation to help push your favorite restaurant or supermarket to source sustainable seafood products.
Choose Specific Species
Another way to be a responsible seafood consumer is to choose local seafood varieties (depending upon where you live), and/or choose seafood species that are lower on the food chain, like oysters, mussels, and scallops. To help lessen the seafood demand, you can also try to reduce your seafood intake as a whole, as everything is better in moderation!
It can be frustrating to know that there are so many issues with our food industries but as a consumer, we do have a choice in what food practices we choose to support. At Colorado Spice, we love to indulge in seafood and take great pride in our seafood specific spice blends. So, if you consume seafood products, we encourage you to seek out sustainable seafood choices, when and if you can.
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