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If You’re Eating Shellfish, You’re Eating Plastic

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Microscopic marine organisms like these are encountering a growing volume of microplastic pollution. Fibers from synthetic clothes are a major source of microplastic pollution. Dr. Richard Kirby, Supplied 11 September 2017

Sarah Dudas doesn’t mind shucking an oyster or a clam in the name of science.

But sit down with her and a plate of oysters on the half-shell or a bucket of steamed Manila clams, and she’ll probably point out a bivalve’s gonads or remark on its fertility.

And lately, the shellfish biologist is making other unappetizing comments to her dinner party guests—about plastics in those shellfish.

But tracking the origins of tiny plastic particles in a big ocean is new territory. So Dudas turned to Peter Ross, who has studied the effects of ocean pollution on sea life for 30 years.

“We’ve long known that plastic and debris can be a problem for ocean life,” said Ross, director of the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Pollution Research Program.

Read the full article on the research done by Dudas and Ross here.

by  for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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Choosing sustainable seafood

Photo credit: Mike Sutton Brown. Your Shot, National Geographic.


Aquaculture expert Mike Velings asserts in his TED Talk ‘The Case for Fish Farming’ that our oceans serve as the main source of animal protein with over 2.6 billion people dependent upon it every day.


Seafood not only offers a tasty source of omega-3 fatty acids but it is also the highest efficient source of protein, aside from insects. Making sustainable seafood choices is, therefore, the best solution to prevent irreversible damage to our oceans. Here are some tips about how to choose healthy, delicious, ocean-friendly seafood:

 

Sustainable Seafood : Consumer Guide

Seafood Watch Pocket Guide provides consumers with an easy way to check for sustainable seafood choices. © Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • Stay informed

Stay informed. Learn all you can about the latest issues facing our seas and oceans and how you can make a difference. Visit to Marine Conservation Society (MCS) website to learn more about why we must do more to protect these waters, shorelines and the wildlife in their natural habitats. Read more here:

2017 Seafood Watch’s Consumer Guides

Download ‘Back to Basics: Fish Source Guide

 

Sustainable Seafood_Fishmonger

  • Get curious

Always ask your fishmonger detailed questions about where and how it was caught; especially if the labels do not provide this information. These questions will enable you to assess your fishmonger’s knowledge and appreciation about the importance of sustainable and responsible fishing and farming methods. Read more here.

 

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  • Use the mobile apps

There are organisations and mobile apps to help you find the most sustainable seafood. Check out Seafood Watch, developed by Monterey Bay Aquarium, to get recommendations on choosing the best seafood. The app will also locate businesses that serve sustainable seafood. The app is designed to help you make informed choices when you’re shopping or dining out.

 

MSC Labelling

Look for the blue MSC label on seafood for the best environmental choice in sustainable seafood. © Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in the UK.

  • Look for a label

Choose sustainable seafood by looking at labelling information for evidence of responsible farming and fishing. Find out the examples of Sustainable Seafood Labels to help you to make the right choice when buying seafood.

 

We must protect out oceans, ensuring that fish stocks are not depleted to a level where future generations are left without this vital and very health source of food and nutrition.

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Make sustainable seafood choices!

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To commemorate World Oceans Day this past Monday June 8, we bring you ways to help you make sustainable seafood decisions.

In cultures around the world, seafood is a large part of a person’s diet, and is a delicacy enjoyed by many. Sustainable seafood means the food from our waters is caught or farmed responsibly, thereby ensuring the long-term health of our marine ecosystems as well as the livelihood of those who depend on seafood. By making educated decisions when eating seafood, we can help put an end to overfishing, and still enjoy delicious fish and shellfish for years to come.

Here are some guides to help you make educated menu decisions:
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