Most consumers purchase seafood without much thought as to where it comes from. I sure did. Frankly, I didn’t take much notice as to whether I was purchasing sustainable seafood or not. Then I learned that when we purchase and consume seafood, we are leaving a mark on our ecosystem. What many of us don’t realize is that it is critical for us to understand the impact of our purchases.
When I began to read more, I was amazed by the variety of methods used to take seafood from a net to our store shelves. Though oceans cover more than 70% of our planet, they are not as resilient as one might assume. In fact, the health of our ecosystem relies in large part on the health of our oceans. Unfortunately, pollution, ocean dumping (especially plastic bags), using conventional chemical-laden products on our skin, and our quest to consume more seafood have all brought about potentially disastrous consequences.
Currently, half of the world’s seafood is produced by fish farms or fisheries, which are also known as aquaculture. Not all fish farms are managed equally, though. Poorly run and unsustainable fish farms have caused the deterioration of coastal habitats and bodies of water around the world. It is thought that over 85% of the world’s fish farms have been pushed to or beyond their biological limits.
We can all help contribute to the oceans’ restoration by keeping an eye on our seafood purchasing decisions and seeking out products that are farmed by sustainable fisheries. Sustainable aquaculture minimizes environmental impacts that damage coastal ecosystems. These fish farms are well managed; they avoid using wild-caught fish as feed, target species that can reproduce quickly, and have environmental safeguards in place to reduce destructive fishing practices.
One such product is Wild Selections®, the only full line of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sustainable seafood. The little blue MSC sustainable seafood certified label tells you the fish in your can comes from well managed fisheries and healthy fish stocks.
Not only is Wild Selections® a maker of premium quality, all natural, and non-GMO project verified Solid White Albacore Tuna in olive oil or water, you can also visit their website to learn where the fish in your can was caught. Just enter the code on the bottom of any Wild Selections® products to locate where your seafood was sustainably caught.
Wild Selections® also gives back to the oceans by donating 13 cents from every can sold to World Wildlife Fund marine conservation and fishery improvement projects. By the end of 2018, they will have donated a total of $1 million!
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) promotes efforts to protect marine life and expand sustainable fishing practices globally. The WWF works to conserve and restore marine habitats, promote sustainable fishing methods, and expand species-based conservation programs. Their goal is for both wild-caught and farmed seafood to be harvested with zero environmental impact while still meeting the demand for seafood from a growing world population.
The next time you purchase seafood for your family, please take some time to read the labels and use your consumer dollars to make a difference in the health of the planet.
Disclosure: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. Find out which stores near you carry Wild Selections® Solid White Albacore Tuna by going to their website. By the way, in addition to tuna, Wild Selections® also carries Smoke Flavored Salmon Fillets in olive oil, Sardine Fillets in Zesty Mango Sauce, and Tiny Pink Shrimp.