What exactly is sustainable seafood and how do you know if a species is sustainable?
Sustainable seafood is seafood from either fished or farmed sources that can maintain or increase production in the future without jeopardizing the ecosystems from which it was acquired. Some examples of sustainable species are those that have the ability to reproduce young and grow quickly, such as anchovies and sardines, whereas seafood such as orange roughy reproduce late in life and grow slowly.
Why is it important to harvest sustainable seafood?
Over 100 million tons of seafood is harvested annually, unfortunately most of these species are being overfished and caught in ways that are environmentally destructive to marine ecosystems. Overfishing can result in the depletion of species and eventually lead to an upset in the marine ecosystem.
What are some ways to get involved with sustainable seafood?
Become informed about sustainable seafood practices and spread the word about these practices.
Become informed about the different types of species that are being overfished, such as Cod, Haddock, and Tuna, and about the different types of overfishing and the solutions to overfishing.
When at a restaurant, try to order an alternative to those species being overfished.
Avoid eating deepwater fish, which tend to be a slower growing species and reproduce later in life and try to fish with methods that have less impact on the environment.
Glynn Environmental Coalition (GEC) recently produced this great document to highlight the seafood that you catch and eat in Glynn County, Georgia http://www.glynnenvironmental.org/images/stories/pdf/Seafood%20AdvisoryWeb10-11.pdf
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