Monday, March 30, 2009

Sustainable Seafood at Easter

Easter is a traditional time to indulge in our ever-growing passion for seafood. We recently enjoyed this platter of salty Sydney Rock oysters, Tasmanian smoked salmon and a little of Tetsuya's coriander and lime mayo all from the wonderful Sydney Seafood Markets. But how do you know if you're buying sustainable fish varieties? You may have noticed that supermarkets now display the 'Country of Origin' of all the seafood they sell. But knowing the country the fish comes from doesn't let consumers know how the fishery has been managed and whether catch-limits are being adhered to.

Here are a few tips -

1.Look for certified sustainable seafood products with an eco-label (eg. the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) label);
if an eco-label is unavailable, buy Australian!

2.Buy seafood from retailers with a knowledge of their seafood product and its sustainability.

3.Request they stock more products with an eco-label and more Australian/local seafood.
Demand that imported seafood has to meet the same sustainability criteria as Australian managed fisheries.

Happy Easter!

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