by Marion Nestle
Oct 23 2009

Fish news, mostly bad

It’s too little too late for fish policy, alas, but the EU is trying.  It is asking for comment on its Green Paper on Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.  If the Green Paper is too much to tackle, try the Citizens’ Summary.  It explains why it’s so important to urge the EU to make sustainability a priority in fish policies.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has a new report out on The State of Seafood.  Fisheries are at a turning point, it says, and we must act now, or goodbye fish.

And the Seafood Choices Alliance publishes a webletter, Afishionado.  Its latest issue deals with the effects of climate change on fish migration, invasive species, and ocean acidification.  The short articles come with references, which I always appreciate.

Many groups are doing excellent work to promote seafood sustainability.  Support what they do!

  • FG_2009

    It’s sad that we as consumers are not doing our part as we could. Most studies point out fish as a better and superior food compared to red meat and poultry -so there is demand.

    I limited my fish consumption as much as possible – I don’t eat Tuna anymore, and I am trying to cut on the salmon as well. Maybe if we all do a little bit….

  • Bobby

    I made changes in food selection/diet recently limiting fish consumption to canned alaska salmon and sardines, and actively discourage the notion of sushi.

    It is to complicated to keep track of which kind of fish, with which regional name, which might not even be what it is labeled, and from who knows where and grown/fished in who knows what kind of condition.

    COOL (country of origin labeling) and other “food-quality-symbol systems” have a long way to go before I am am confident I am buying a safe, sustainable product when I am buying fish.

    COOL is controversial here in canada because we are afraid that americans won’t want to buy canadian farm products. Whereas I just want everything labeled.

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  • J Fowler

    Alexandra Morton is fighting the good fish fight in BC.
    She ‘s a marine biologist bringing mature science to make our case.

    A whole year’s run of wild Fraser River sockeye salmon were no-shows this year.
    Multiple other wild salmon runs severely degraded.

    Norwegian operated huge fish farms, with sea lice infested fish, at the mouth of the Fraser seem to have mortally
    infected the juvenile fish moving out to sea.
    See Alexandra Morton blog for the her research, evidence, and story.

    Please see if you can lend your voice . The sick Atlantic Salmon from the fish farms are escaping, spreading disease and changing the local gene pool.
    This is at a tipping point.
    Some BC dunces want to add more fish farms along the BC coast, again, in the path of wild salmon. And closer to Alaska.

    Well informed letters may give backbone to a Parliamentary inquiry requested.