Seafood is one of the most versatile and nutritionally dense ingredients you can cook. While we all have our favourites, there’s a whole ocean of sustainable choices to explore and savour.
Water is the lifeblood of our planet. Every living thing requires water to not only survive, but thrive. Keeping our rivers, lakes, and oceans healthy is vital since we depend on them for food and oxygen, as well as cultural and economic opportunities. One of the easiest ways we can take part in preserving the health of our waters is by choosing wisely what ends up on our plates.
Worldwide, marine ecosystems are under increasing pressure, and about 90 percent of the world’s fish stocks are either fully fished or overfished. To ensure we have stocks of seafood for generations to come, it’s important to seek out sustainable species. Choosing sustainable ensures that seafood is caught or farmed in a way that helps to relieve pressures on overfished species as well as the greater marine ecosystem.
Luckily for us, it’s never been easier to choose sustainable seafood. Many fishmongers and grocery stores proudly display certifications on labels indicating species that have been deemed sustainable.
To be considered a sustainable choice, recommended species must meet several criteria. These include, but are not limited to, being abundant and resilient to fishing pressures and being harvested in a manner that limits bycatch. The ecosystem in which a species is harvested must also be maintained in a condition that is both healthy and functional.
Taking the plunge and choosing sustainable seafood presents an ocean of new and enticing choices. So get ready to cast off and reel in some deliciously sustainable seafood for your next meal that is not only good for you, but good for the planet too.