This Good Fish Guide allows individuals to identify fish that are ‘caught using methods that minimise damage to marine wildlife and habitats’. Mankind’s voracious appetite for fish is depleting fish stocks globally due to unsustainable fishing practices, resulting in what can only be described as marine ecocide (the mass destruction of ecosystems). Unsustainable fishing practices are those that produce bycatch, which are marine creatures that are captured in the fishing process that are not intended for human consumption. Subsequently, these creatures are tossed overboard, most of which are dead or injured. WWF says that ‘bycatch is a conservation problem of staggering global and regional significance’ because it is:
Fishing methods that produce high levels of bycatch include trawling and dredging, both of which involve scraping nets along the seabed floor, destroying complex communities of seabed creatures, leaving behind the equivalent of a wasteland.
The only fish and seafood that are rated 1 are mussels, native and Pacific oysters and tilapia (a fish). The website also gives you full details as to why they have been rated 1, e.g. ‘there are no chemicals produced in mussel farming [making it an environmentally friendly process]’.
N.B. Although I don’t personally eat fish or seafood, I think it is a good idea to consult the Good Fish Guide to see how your favourite fish fares, and as such I am recommending it on my blog.
Do you find the Good Fish Guide a useful source of information?
Did you know about the depletion of fish stocks worldwide?