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Sustainable Seafood

You see these fish? There's bluefin tuna. The yummiest kind for sushi lovers. And if we don't start changing the way we fish and eat them, photos might soon be the only evidence we'll have that they existed.
And bluefins aren't the only fish in danger.
Studies prove that world fish populations have dropped 90% since 1950!
Human populations, on the other hand, are rising. And fish is yummy and healthy. See the problem?

Why bother?
I can understand your reluctance to make this change. It's a tough one. And there's that whole logic vortex that says, "well, if everyone else is overfishing and eating seafood, why should I miss out." Or worse: "If it's all going to be gone anyway, let me eat as much as I can while it's still available".
It's pervasive but flawed logic. It's kinda like saying, "I'm at a party. Let me trash this house completely because it isn't mine and I won't have to deal with the consequences". Problem is, there's no other house to go to. One planet's all we've got.
Plus, the consequences are far more serious than not having fish on the menu:
* Terrestrial species like polar bears who depend on fish for survival will die out.
* People in coastal developing nations will starve (much of our seafood already comes from their waters)
* Marine ecosystems will collapse and humanity itself might become endangered.


Give up? Maybe not. But change the way we eat it--definitely! Eat a little less fish if you can. And make sure you buy species that are being fished sustainably.

Follow some simple steps:
1. Buy smaller fish instead of the big predatory kind.
So less salmon, tuna and cod. More mackerel, herring and sardines.
2. Buy local shrimp like the Matane and Nordic varieties. Blindfolded taste tests suggest that most folk actually prefer them to the more visually appealing tropical shrimp and jumbo tiger shrimp. The trick is to avoid overcooking them. They're little, so it's best to toss them in right at the end of the cooking process.
3. Eat mussels: Both farmed and wild varieties are sustainable if fished locally.
4. Calamari is still on the table: There IS a God. No but seriously, calamari fishing nets very little bycatch, so it's better than most other options.
5. Carry around one of these It's a downloadable pocket guide which lists currently sustainable seafood options.
Also, check out Jacques Lalonde's website and SeaChoice. Both will help you understand why it's so vital to make whatever changes we can so that our kids can enjoy fish.


And of course, I want to hear from you. Would you be willing to change your seafood habits to ensure that future generations will enjoy fish? What moves you to change? What's holding you back? Leave me a comment or call our Talkback Line: (514) 597-5626

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