How To Eat Fish Sustainably

How To Eat Fish Sustainably

As many people begin to acknowledge and understand the significance of environmental sustainability, they are starting to consider their own daily choices more seriously. And one of these is reconsidering their food intake.

For example, some people are working on reducing their meat intake, fish and other seafood are their next main source of protein, probably assuming that eating fish and other seafood is more environmentally sustainable than that of consuming other animals with similar nutrients.

But is it really a better alternative to save the Earth? Can eating fish be sustainable? Let’s see.

Is eating fish sustainable?

The answer is yes. Yes it is sustainable, to some extent. However, when it comes to ‘eating just any fish’ it’s questionable. 

Fish is one of the world’s most popular foods. Even more so in some parts of the world where it is a primary food— particularly in the coastal areas and developing countries. Aside from that, as fish and other seafood has also become a widely popular menu item, naturally, the demand also escalated, hence the continuous increase in the fish consumption. Which in result, becoming a factor in the drastic depletion of the global fish population.

Not only is it causing a decrease in ocean supplies, it is also making it less accessible for those who truly depend on it for survival. 

That’s where the problem lies. And it will only get worse especially as the demand continues to increase along with the global population.

So how can we help stop the problem and save the marine ecosystem? By learning how to sustainably eat fish. 

How to eat fish sustainably.

Choosing and eating sustainable seafood—especially in these times when fish still remains a globally popular food — is highly significant and can help put a stop to a growing problem of global fish population depletion. 

There are many sustainable ways to eat fish and other seafood. Here are some ways you can make a more sustainable seafood choice!

  1. Buying sustainable fish

Choose your species carefully. How do you know whether a species is a sustainable fish to eat?  For one, you could try looking for websites like Marine Conservation Society that regularly updates a list of fish to avoid and which fish is sustainable to eat. 

  1. Learn the right questions to ask

Asking the right questions shows that this information is important to you and other people like you. So go ahead and ask them what you need to know:

  1. How was the species caught? It’s not the only thing that matters but it is extremely important to know. 
  2. Is the species overfished? 
  3. Where is it from?
  4. Is the fish a deep sea, slow-growing or long lived species?
  5. Is this species a sustainable fish to eat?

These questions matter, so be sure to ask your chef or the fishmonger! 

3. Find alternatives

If there is a particular fish or seafood that you like but is not considered sustainable, I’m sure there are more sustainable substitutes you can find. Again, try to look for information online.

4. Educate Yourself

There’s no better way to help conserve the ocean or the environment than to educate yourself and others about the matter. Learning how to find fish that are sustainable to eat. What species are in danger of extinction and how you can help preserve them and the oceans.

5. Buy less to reduce food waste! 

Think about just how much you need. Fish comes from a sensitive marine environment, and every piece is valuable so do not waste anything by buying more than you need.

Simple things like learning how to eat fish sustainably may seem small if you look at it on its own. But if you try to understand its effect and how it could possibly preserve the environment, it goes a long way. 

And that is why we should eat sustainable fish and why we should start now! To help preserve the oceans, marine life, and the EARTH.