One of the things that we love most is sharing the ocean’s wonders and sea-inspired living…and so today’s post is especially close to the heart!
It’s sea creature awesomeness, ocean conservation, and mindful living all in one. Woot woot!!
So let’s go:
Did you know that some kinds of seafood are ocean-friendly but many aren’t?
Our ocean is in serious need of re-balancing, and we each can play a significant part in helping it. (If you’re new to why the ocean is important, see our infographic and video on that topic!)
But how to help?
By choosing only ocean-friendly seafood!!!
To help you in how to know what’s ocean-friendly and what’s not, we’ve made a brand-spanking-new infographic. (Your seafood purchases can actually help support sustainable efforts and a healthier ocean, so no need to swear off seafood!)
Of course, we’ve used our spunky sea-themed artwork from our children’s books, with some that’s never been seen before!
We’re sharing why some seafood isn’t ocean friendly: overfishing, bycatch, pollution, and habitat destruction.
Overfishing: Some types of fish are fished to the point that they may not be able to reproduce to be around for the next generation! (Like the orange roughy – it lives to be 150 years old and doesn’t reproduce until it’s 30. Yikes, no wonder it’s struggling!)
Bycatch: Some methods result in the deaths of innocent bystanders like dolphins and turtles who can’t get out of nets, or get hooked on a line and then can’t get air.
Pollution: You might think fish farms are the way to go, but some actually put all sorts of yucky toxins into the environment.
Habitat Destruction: Some fishing methods are done in a way that’s terrible for the environment like ripping up coral reefs and bottom habitats.
And, most importantly, we’re sharing how to find ocean-friendly seafood so that we can all help tip the ocean into a better balance.
Our seafood choices make a difference in the health of the ocean!
So here it is, our brand new sustainable seafood infographic:
So, when you head to the grocery store, take a look on seafood packages for the symbols in the infographic above (or look for the word sustainable). Be a Sherlock Holmes and use your detective skills to ensure it’s an ocean-friendly choice!
You can also download a free Seafood Watch pocket guide for you, your family, your students, etc. that’s specific to your region! (They’ll also ship a bunch to you if you want to give them out in large numbers.) That way, the guide can be put in a purse or wallet to be handy wherever you go.
It takes a little bit of thoughtful detective work of what seafood choice is best for our ocean – but boy does it make a difference. The ocean needs our help, and our seafood choices are one of the most direct ways that are very much in our individual hands.
Plus, the more you start asking your local restaurants and grocery stores, the more they will put a priority on making their selection ocean-friendly to satisfy customers like yourself.
So, help spread the word and share our infographic! Share the link, post it on social media, and shout it out: “Make your plate ocean-friendly!”
Oh, and we’ll be rolling out some more new fun Sustainable Seafood activities for kids very soon, so stay tuned.
Best fishes, for many generations to come 🙂