What is sustainable seafood?

sustainable fishHow do you make your seafood choices? Who do you choose to believe? Or, is it all simply too much effort?

Three Australian food writers have come to the same conclusion: the sustainable seafood maxim is as clear as mud. They’ve outlined the variety of views and you can see where an individual’s values and company profits weigh into the argument.

I’m in favour of eating what is plentiful, which is the same conclusion Rachel Lebihan came to after her investigation. She highlights leatherjacket, mackerel and sardines as options; they’re all delicious species.

A recent scientific study has found that it is the smaller fish that are plentiful, after the overfishing of larger species.

It does mean stepping out of one’s comfort zone and being adventurous in cooking; so let’s share our discoveries.

To be continued…

Related elsewhere
FoodService: John Susman, Green around the gills, 14 Dec 2012.
Australian Government | Fisheries Research and Development Corporation: Status of Key Australian Fish Stocks 2012, December 2012.
SMH: Helen Greenwood, Sustainable fish guide misleading, says scientist, March 26, 2011.
SBS Hunter Gatherer: Carli Ratcliff, More fish in the sea, October 1, 2010.
The Food Show: Lucy Barbour, Episode Five: Sustainable Fish (listen online), September 23, 2010.
Science Magazine: Worm, et al. Rebuilding Global Fisheries, July 31 2009.

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3 Responses to What is sustainable seafood?

  1. Lucy says:

    ooh, yes. i just photocopied a list from the back of an old rick stein cookbook (1997) of the names fish go under ’round the world and, flicking through the thing, was struck by the fact that the book feels almost like an ode a world now long gone. lots of big predator fish recipes, that sort of thing.

    i like what in victoria is known as bonito, an oily fish that’s very mackeral-like. sustainable, or so i am told. cook them whole…very yum.

  2. Lucy says:

    (so i am told…by the fishmonger at queen vic market, i should add)

  3. Hi Sharon – yes, pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones, that’s what it’s all about. It’s too easy to fall back on our old favourite recipes when we’re looking for something quick and convenient to make. A voyage of discovery … how exciting.

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