Can I feed tuna to my kids? Will I get sick from swordfish? Is it true that I'll glow after eating farmed salmon?
If there's one ocean worry that is widely shared, this is it. How healthy is seafood? The scary answer? Nobody knows.
"Don't worry, be happy" seems to be the message from most of the seafood industry. That won't fly anymore with the latest news of bans on imported Chinese seafood. And these bans are just the tip of the iceberg.
A seafood industry journalist has scathing comments for the industry in the wake of the ban. Now some government scientists are calling for a nationwide study of seafood safety. Ouch. The new consensus is that it's time for the seafood industry to wake up and get serious about quality.
Quality and sustainability are natural partners. Anyone who cares about quality already cares about sustainability, even if they don't know it yet. And then there's the mislabeling issue, paying high grouper prices and getting cheap basa grown on an Asian fish farm. Who's paying attention? Who's responsible? Who will fix this?
The seafood industry is a natural partner for ocean conservation, and we need to find the people and groups who want to work together on quality, sustainability, and reliability. Otherwise, consumers will turn off and quit eating seafood altogether, and that's not even good for fish. If we quit eating fish, who will care about ocean pollution and other ocean ills?