Know what you are eating- We know seafood tastes good, we really love it too, but if you are unable to determine if it is truly sustainable then choose to pass on the seafood dish and go with another tasty option.
Know your fish facts- Become familiar with sustainable choices and species of concern.
Ask questions- Ask WHAT species, WHERE and HOW your fish is caught. If you are unable to get answers, politely refuse to purchase seafood items and choose a different dish on the menu.
Eat the little guys- Small fish generally reproduce faster & in larger numbers making them more resilient to fishing pressure. These fish also contain the highest levels of Omega 3s. We can reap the benefits directly by eating smaller fish.
Buy local- When possible purchase seafood from local fishing communities. Locally-caught seafood often comes from smaller-scale, more sustainable fisheries, and has a lower carbon footprint since it doesn’t have to be shipped long distances. However, not all local seafood is sustainable and not all sustainable seafood is local. Remember to ask about how the fish is caught. Fishing sustainably is hard work. Support fishermen taking bold steps to conserve our fish while maintaining their livelihood.
Buy seasonal- When possible, purchase seafood in season. Eating seasonal seafood allows fish a break to reproduce and keeps populations healthy.
Know your fishmonger- Build a relationship with those that you buy seafood from. Fish people are awesome people!
Vote with your dollars- Support retail stores and restaurants with responsible and publicly available sustainable seafood policies.
Use your voice- Share your commitment to sustainable seafood and your love of the oceans with others in your community. Advocate for healthy oceans by talking with your friends, families and political representatives.
Check out this video on storied fish made by our friends at Future of Fish.