By choosing fish from healthy, responsibly-managed sources, caught using methods that minimize damage to the marine environment and other species, you can help drive the market for sustainable seafood.
The web sites listed below provide information that helps direct consumers. Interested readers may also want to consider the important criticism provided in the articles below, and decide by themselves:
Knowing for sure what seafood can be eaten so that impact on the marine environment is minimized sometimes takes some individual research, because the impact of particular fishing methods and the status of fish stocks may vary from one area to another.
A basic rule would be to avoid consuming large Mediterranean predators such as swordfish, tuna and sharks (often disguised as fish fillet under various market names). Do not buy fish below adult (reproductive) size. Also refrain from consuming fish caught with methods that may involve detrimental fishing methods or ecosystem damage.
Ask your fishmonger or the supermarket where and how the fish you buy was caught, or look at labelling information.
Consuming farmed fish is not necessarily a way of reducing impact, because farmed fish is commonly fed with wild-caught fish. Much energy and biomass are lost in the process.
Please note that the sites below do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Cetacean Alliance, and are only meant to highlight the complexity of this topic as well as guide consumers in their choices. Information that does not refer specifically to the Mediterranean Sea should be taken as merely indicative.
The End of the Line Seafood Watch Widget
Eco-Friendly Seafood selector
Ocean Institute Guide to Ocean Friendly Seafood
Sourcing Seafood - Seafood Choices Alliance
Take Billfish Off The Menu