On Sustainable Seafood Day (18th March 2011), we’re excited about the announcement by Woolworths to stock certified sustainable seafood. This makes it even easier for our supporters and shoppers to make informed choices and help keep our oceans healthy. The full Woolworths’ announcement is here.
As a general rule, Taronga recommends eating more seafood from lower down the food chain, that are fast growing and breeding, and less likely to be overfished. To keep things simple, we have created a list of 4 fish to try.
The 4 fish to try have been chosen because they are abundant and caught with minimal impact on our oceans. We also have some other ‘better choice’ fish recommendations in our Wallet Guide that you can try.
The 4 fish to avoid are classed as Conservation Dependent and Overfished in Australia. These fish need a chance to recover and re-stock. Although sharks are included in this list, sharks comprise many different species, most of which are not overfished or conservation dependant. However, when buying shark, it’s hard to know which species you’re getting, so the precautionary approach is to make a more sustainable choice.
Our recommendations are based on advice from the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), which has used independent expert advice to create a comprehensive sustainable seafood guide.
- Warrick Angus Community Conservation Manager