Monday, March 02, 2009

Red lists of seafood to avoid

Is a list of seafood to avoid a good way to save our oceans? Here's a quote from a Canadian who is working to protect fish and save our oceans, who has a sharp opinion on the question of do-not-eat lists:

“The do-not-eat lists are important, because they get people to think about what they are doing and what their actions result in. The hope would be that they result in meaningful moderation, but I think they are such small private statements that they will not work fast enough to stop the over-fishing of several species.”
Her name is Julie Pithers and here's a what Fast Forward Weekly has to say about her: Pithers played an active role in having shark fin soup removed from all Loblaws stores, the company that owns Superstore. A protest was set to be held at a Calgary Superstore against the grocery chain’s sale of shark fin, but just days prior, the Loblaws company distributed letters to protest organizers and other concerned patrons announcing the decision to remove the product from its stores.

Seems like she knows how to help save fish.

What do you think? What's the best way to make more seafood sustainable?

1 comment:

Tesia Love said...

The seafood cards such as those produced by Environmental Defense Fund and Monterey Bay Aquarium are important tools that provide consumers with information on how to make environmentally friendly choices when buying fish. But of course the cards alone aren't enough to solve the enormous problem of overfishing.

Governments regulate fishing, so the only way to end overfishing is to fix fishing regulations. Innovative fisheries management systems such as catch shares, also called “limited access privilege programs,” that use scientifically-set catch limits are the most important tool for ending overfishing.