While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
June 8 is World Oceans Day - make a splash to promote sustainable seafood and help fight overfishing!
There’s a long-standing debate over the merits of farm-raised or wild-caught fish. Both sides have pros and cons - they affect the environment in good and bad ways, one is a more natural product than the other, and one costs less than the other. Whatever your preference, it can’t be denied that the world’s seafood industry is facing a huge problem - sustainability.
Sustainable seafood is essentially seafood that is caught in a way that either maintains or increases their population size. Mostly this means through farming, but wild fish can also be sustainable.
How can you help? Get educated. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program has a handy pocket guide that tells you if the fish you’re buying is sustainable or not. It’s also available as an iPhone app.
Some basic practices when buying fish to ensure you’re cooking with a clean conscience – try your best to buy local, especially if you live on a coast, and find a good fishmonger, someone you can trust and who’s been trained properly.