Catch of the Day: Choosing Seafood for Healthier Oceans
At a time when international treaties, restrictive quotas, and global regulation of fleets have proven ineffective in protecting beleaguered fish populations, a surprising ally is emerging to tackle the growing fisheries crisis. Buyers of seafood—including individual consumers, school cafeterias, supermarket chains, and large food processors—are choosing to avoid threatened or problematic species in favor of fish that are caught or raised with less impact on the world’s oceans. While some seafood lovers are concerned about guaranteeing the future availability of popular fish, others wish to preserve the quality of today’s seafood by knowing more about how and where it is caught. As more of our daily food options originate in factories, fish remains the last wild food we consume in large quantities and one of our few remaining direct connections to the natural world.
- Authors / Editors:
- Brian Halweil
- Print ISSN:
- Nov. 2006
In Catch of the Day: Choosing Seafood for Healthier Oceans, senior researcher Brian Halweil explores how buyers of seafood—including individual consumers, school cafeterias, supermarket chains, and large food distributors—can reverse fishery declines and preserve the fresh catch of tomorrow.
At a time when global fishing regulations have proven ineffective in protecting fish populations, Catch of the Day is a refreshing reminder that we are not doomed to face an ocean wasteland `inhabited primarily by sea slime and jellyfish.` Rather, a public that better understands the state of the world`s oceans can be a driving force in helping governments pass legislation to ban destructive fishing, mandate seafood labels, decrease consumption of endangered fish, and create sustainable marine preserves.
Catch of the Day shows that being a more deliberate seafood eater doesn`t mean a spartan existence; in fact, it could be the only guarantee that fresh and healthy fish continues to appear on our tables.
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