01 Sep Make the Switch to Sustainable Seafood in Four Simple Steps
If you’ve been thinking about making the switch to sustainable seafood, it can feel overwhelming and confusing. Here are straightforward tips for incorporating sustainable fish into your diet starting today.
Why Sustainable Seafood?
According to World Wildlife Fund, seafood is the “largest traded food commodity in the world… Approximately three billion people in the world rely on both wild-caught and farmed seafood as their primary source of protein.” Overfishing and irresponsible fishing practices are major threats to seafood as source of sustenance to generations to come.
Fish Stocks are Reaching Their Limits
The most obvious reason for transitioning to sustainably sourced seafood is that if we overfish today we may not be able to sustain adequate fish stocks for the future. With 25% of the world’s fish stocks exploited, depleted or recovering and 50% of fisheries near or at their sustainable limit, eating sustainably sourced seafood has never been more important.
Illegal Fishing Impacts Jobs and the Environment
Another reason to eat sustainably sourced seafood is that illegal and destructive fishing practices are a major problem for marine environments, and as a result livelihoods and food security. This is important as according to the International Labour Organization (ILO) “35 million people worldwide are directly employed in the fishing sector,” and as noted above 3 billion people depend on seafood as their primary source of protein.
By buying sustainable seafood you’re helping to protect an entire ecosystem. And, for these reasons, Wild Selections is committed to sourcing 100% sustainable seafood in our products.
Make the Switch to Sustainable Seafood
Purchasing products that are labeled MSC Certified sustainable means that you’re eating seafood that is 100% sustainably sourced. This is because an independent expert panel assesses fisheries against stringent criteria to ensure that they’re well managed, use only sustainable fishing practices, and are allowing dwindling fish stocks to recover.
Follow these easy steps to make the transition to MSC Certified Sustainable Seafood:
Step 1. Label Check
First, take a look at the labels on your seafood packaging. If the blue MSC-label isn’t on it, then it’s not certified sustainable. MSC stands for “Marine Stewardship Council” and as a non-profit, independent party, works to ensure best practices are in-place at fisheries they certify. Learn more about their work and what exactly makes a fishery certified sustainable.
Step 2. Locate a Source
Locate a store that sells Wild Selections certified sustainable seafood products. You can use the store locator to find out just how close you are to great tasting, MSC-certified seafood. Alternatively you can also shop online.
Step 3. Choose a Protein for Your Budget
Many people think changing their usual shopping routine to include sustainable seafood is expensive. However, there’s an MSC-certified product for every budget-level, from sustainably sourced sardines to luxury caviar. Browsing our selection of Wild Selections tuna, salmon, sardine and shrimp products is a good place to start. Expand your search by visiting MSC’s product finder for all certified products.
Step 4. Plan Your Meals
Planning your menu ahead can help save money from unplanned over shopping and ensure that when you do incorporate fish into your menu it is sustainable, versus grabbing just anything off the shelf. Check out our sustainable seafood recipes to begin a sustainable seafood meal plan.
Making the switch is easy and will help ensure there are fish for generations to come. Leave us a comment to tell us how you’ve incorporated sustainable seafood into your diet.