Here are 5 important reasons why Sustainable Fish is Good for You…AND the World.
As our tastes for fish determine what species are caught (affecting the delicate balance of fish in the ocean), many people are looking for fish and seafood choices that are sustainable—fish they can feel good about eating.
Our oceans cover more than seventy percent of the earth’s surface, but worldwide demand for fish and seafood is growing more rapidly than our oceans can reasonably (and safely) support.
When it comes to seafood, the term “sustainable” means that a fish has been caught or farmed with both the long-term future of the species and the health of the oceans in mind. Put simply, seafood that is sustainable is better for both you and the planet. Here’s why:
Enter: A Healthier You
Many sustainable fish varieties are high in protein, vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy omega-3s, while containing low amounts of harmful chemicals. Overfish seafood, such as Salmon and Tuna, more often than not, contain Mercury, PCBs, or contaminants. Larger fish that are higher up on the food chain tend to have higher levels of harmful chemicals due to bioaccumulation. Consequently, the protein-packed barramundi has half the calories of salmon and is one one of the most pure fish available with negligible levels of mercury, PCBs and contaminants.
Your Wallet Will Thank You
There are many affordable options when it comes to sustainable fish which make it accessible for everyday enjoyment. Arctic char, barramundi, and trout are just a few examples. Additionally, buying sustainably farmed fish instead of more expensive wild-caught options increases demand for responsibly-raised fish; you vote with your dollar.
You Support Local Economies
Many coastal fishing towns around the United States and the world depend on small-scale fisheries for both income and food. By purchasing locally-caught wild fish (caught where you live) or third party-certified farmed fish, you directly support such people and local economies.
You Help Endangered Species
More than 85 percent of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited, resulting in many endangered fish species (1,098 to be exact, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature). Choosing sustainably farmed fish helps reduce the pressure on wild fisheries and allows populations to rebuild.
You Eat Deliciously
If the saying “You are what you eat” is true, then eating sustainable fish means you care about your health, the health of the planet, and enjoying truly good food. For proof, check out our sustainable fish recipes for tasty inspiration.
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