Eating sustainable seafood
Eating fish two or more times a week can provide a range of health benefits, but with the demand for fish on the rise, it’s important to consider whether the fish you buy is supporting the environment as well as your health.
Sustainable seafood isn’t just about how many fish are left in the ocean—it’s about methods of fishing that reduce the impact on the seafloor, other marine wildlife and the fragile marine ecosystem.
To help you make an informed choice, the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has developed the Sustainable Seafood Guide, which has a colour-coded database of seafood with information and tips on which seafood is most sustainable.
They also have a handy free app for your phone that you can refer to while you’re at the supermarket.
In general, Australian aquaculture regulation and fisheries management is very good, so try to only buy Australian seafood where possible.
Eat lower on the food chain
Small schooling fish are usually fast breeding and short-lived, making their stocks more robust and capable of withstanding fishing pressures.
Avoid larger, longer lived species
Avoid tunas, sharks (flake), skates and rays, which have very few young and are under pressure from decades of overfishing.
When at fishmongers and restaurants, ask what species the fish is and where it’s from, as well as how it was fished or farmed.
Diversify your choice
Understand that there is a sustainable alternative available for every species and cooking technique. Trying less-popular and under-utilised species is not just good for seafood species—it will expand your cooking repertoire too!
Be an informed consumer and signal your interest in sustainable seafood so that restaurants and retailers realise the demand for and the benefits of sourcing sustainable seafood products.
If you don’t eat the recommended amount of seafood each week, consider Comvita’s Omega 3 Fish Oil Capsules that support heart and cardiovascular health.
Pregnant women, women planning pregnancy and children up to six years of age should choose the fish they eat very carefully. Talk to your GP to find out what sustainable options are best for you.
Do you choose to buy sustainable seafood? What are your favourites?