Can eating fish be sustainable?


He said the haddock and cod I ate probably had a rating of 2 (out of 5, the best being 1), while the Scottish farmed salmon was a 3 (better than the rating of 5 given with wild Atlantic salmon).

f youMackerel could have been a 1, 2 or 3, depending on the exact method of capture and exactly where it was caught, which I didn’t know.

It’s not terrible, but I realize I could do a lot better on this by specifically looking for 1-2 rated sources.

Sarah Poon is Associate Vice President of the Fishery Solution Center at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a non-profit organization. But despite her knowledge of fishing, she says she still struggles with the day-to-day challenges of how to make good seafood decisions.

“I think it’s helpful to look at the guides to understand the nuance,” she says. “[They] looked not only at the species, but also where the species came from: what might be a good choice in one place might not actually be a good choice in another place. »

Over time, by using these apps, people can develop a better understanding of which gear types tend to be better than others, and which country fisheries and farms are doing a better job, says Liz Nussbaumer, Project Director for Seafood at the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

Erin Hudson, director of the Seafood Watch program, says she tries to remember a few “safe bets” from the Seafood Watch app when she doesn’t have her phone handy while shopping. “For me personally, when I eat on the central coast of California, it will be anything with farmed mussels […] or farmed rainbow trout or local species of rockfish,” she says.

Ratings also change over time, Hudson adds. “Conditions in fisheries and farms change, and we publish new assessments every month. Things are always changing, and that’s great – we want to see improvements happen. And we want to stay up to date when things happen. slide the other way.”

Can we trust the labels?

Both of these apps reference certificates such as the Marine Stewardship Council and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) in their ratings, which can also be found on fish packets in the supermarket. Despite reviews of films like Seaspiracy on these certificates, every expert I spoke to said they were worth considering when making choices.

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