With a topic such as Sustainable Seafood many questions can arise. If you still have further questions feel free to send us an email.
Q. What is Sustainability?
A. Sustainability, in the dictionary, is to support, hold, or bear up from below. In seafood, Sustainability is seafood from either fished or farmed sources that can maintain or increase production in the future without jeopardizing the ecosystems or species biomass from which it was acquired.
There is no Government organization that monitors sustainability so we have created our own criteria which can be viewed here.
Q. What is Sustained Seas?
A. Sustained Seas is a group set in place to promote sustainable seafood practices. The logo is an image which insures the product behind it is sustainable. Visit www.SustainedSeas.org for more detailed information.
Q. Where did it come from? How was it harvested?
A. All fish in the sustainability program will be labeled as to where, specifically, it was harvested and also how. Depending on the species, where and how it was harvested plays a huge factor as to whether the item is sustainable or not. To find out more about safe places to purchase fish from refer to the responsible choices page.
Q. Why do we need sustainable seafood?
A. With Seafood growing in demand, it is critical that sustainable fishing and aqua farming occurs. Currently, 60 percent of marine stocks are either fully fished, depleted or recovering at a slow pace which makes your choice that much more important.
Q. What is the value of purchasing farm raised seafood?
A. With increasing demand of wild stocks, Aquaculture provides a high quality source of protein for future generations without a negative impact on the surrounding environment.
Q. Is farm raised fish sustainable?
A. Yes, Farm raised fish can be sustainable as long as it falls under the criteria set forth by programs such as Sustained Seas. It is important to understand these guidelines and know that not all farm raised fish is sustainable just as not all wild fish is sustainable.