Going Green

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Green Fish

Sustainability is necessary to ensure future supplies. Controlling the harvest of wild populations is very different from farming. It becomes especially difficult to regulate in developing economies.

Wanted: greener fish

Market trends require stronger environmental performance by seafood industry

25 September 2007, Rome -

The US$400 billion seafood industry has no choice but to adapt to intensifying demand from retailers and consumers for "environmentally friendly" fish, FAO said today.

During opening remarks made to industry representatives attending the 2007 Seafood Industry Congress (25-27 September, Dublin), Grimur Valdimarsson, Director of FAO's Fishing Industries Division, said that the need for seafood producers to guarantee environmental performance is unavoidable.

"The push towards sustainable fisheries is not just coming from government or environmental groups, but from the market itself," Valdimarsson said, noting that major seafood retailers like Unilever, Tesco, Walmart and Asda have already committed to putting on their shelves only fish that was harvested or raised sustainably.

"In recent years the seafood industry has been uncertain as to whether these trends represent a momentary fad. Today, there's no question: it's real, it's a sea change, and...(complete article here).

There is plenty of evidence documenting the overharvest of many of our fisheries. The best comparison is to the overhunting that occurred in the U.S. and other countries before regulations controlled the seasons for harvesting game animals. The big difference is that we depend on our seas and seafood for a huge amount of the protein consumed by people. If we don't keep the pantry stocked, we will face a serious problem indeed.


Gaikokujin said...

Nice blog thanks for the link (you visited my blog the digestible aggie). I would say we are pretty similar on our views in ag but politically perhaps a bit different (I consider myself pretty centrist, socially liberal fiscally conservative?) Cheers -Gaiko

Panhandle Poet said...

Gaiko: You're welcome for the link and thanks for the visit. I enjoy the pics on your blog from other countries.

Anonymous said...

We can all help by choosing seafood from certifed sustainable sources. The MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) runs a certification and ecolabelling programme. Seafood from fisheries that have been independently certified as meeting our standard for sustainability can carry the blue MSC ecolabel.

MSC-certified seafood is sold in 34 countries around the world. Find outlets at http://eng.msc.org/html/content_531.htm.