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Fish Out of Water: The Sustainable Seafood Guide

Updated: Jun 9, 2023

A recent report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reveals that global fish consumption has reached a record high, averaging around 20 kilograms per person per year. However, the FAO also highlights that almost one-third of fish stocks worldwide are currently overfished. In light of this, making ocean-wise choices becomes crucial. Here are some sustainable seafood options:

  1. Kolapore Springs Trout: This locally farmed trout in Canada is fed an all-natural diet, including fish processing plant leftovers and freshwater marine insects. They do not use hormones, antibiotics, or colorants.

  2. Akiwenzie's Fish: A small family business in Canada, Akiwenzie's Fish offers mostly wild trout and whitefish caught in Georgian Bay. They also provide smoked options and occasional caviar.

  3. BC Pole-Caught Albacore Tuna: Unlike other overfished tuna species, BC pole-caught albacore tuna is a sustainable option. Look for it at sustainable fishmongers or reputable stores.

  4. Lake Erie Perch/Bass/Smelt: Despite concerns about pollution in the Great Lakes, smaller fish like MSC-certified yellow or white perch, white/silver bass, and smelts from Lake Erie can be a good choice for omega-3s without the contaminants found in larger fish.

  5. Atlantic Salmon/Cod: Canadian Atlantic cod is still on the red list due to environmental concerns. Farmed salmon, the most consumed fish globally, is also problematic. Opt for wild Alaskan salmon or Pacific bottom long-lined halibut from BC or the US. Avoid trawled Atlantic halibut, even if it's MSC-certified, as it may contain moderate-to-high levels of contaminants.

It's important to make informed choices when it comes to seafood consumption, considering factors such as sustainability, environmental impact, and the health of fish stocks. SOURCE: Adria Vasil

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