by Laura Mitic (Carmanah)
It's tough to eat seafood when you know how unsustainable most fishing practices are. For example, did you know that:
-For every 1 lb of shrimp, 26 lbs of other sea creatures were caught as bycatch, killed and tossed back into the ocean
- Each year, 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die after becoming entangled in fishing equipment
- Around 73 million sharks are caught each year as bycatch and thrown back into the ocean to die with their fins cut off
These facts (and a lot more) can be found here.
The truth is, the ways in which humans harvest most of the seafood found at our grocery stores and in our restaurants are pretty horrible... and the facts can be tough to stomach (no pun intended).
However, check out this awesome list created by the David Suzuki Foundation on Suzuki's Top 10 Sustainable Seafood Picks. It sheds some insight on how to eat seafood sustainably.
Each time you buy sustainable seafood, you cast a vote that supports ethical fishing practices and industries. If you're not the one doing the grocery shopping for your household, share this with your parents. Start a discussion with them about sustainable fishing techniques and why it's important to eat seafood that has been harvested in a way that protects the ocean ecosystems that we all depend on.