Celebrating World Fisheries Day - Nov 21

Posted on November 19, 2016

It’s World Fisheries Day on November 21st. Unfortunately, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has indicated, “the maximum wild capture fisheries potential from the world’s oceans has probably been reached.” It’s time to build awareness to ensure the diversity of our oceans and sustainability of the fishing industry for years to come. Even though we live in landlocked Alberta, we can still do our part to support world fisheries. Here are 5 tips!

1. Eat less fish: If we all ate a little less fish, just like meat, we could help sustain our fishery environment. It doesn’t mean you don’t get to enjoy salmon and tuna, it will just be that much more special when you do have it.

2. Purchase sustainable seafood: When you do buy fish, look for certified SeaChoice products. Stores such as Community Natural Foods or Sunnyside Natural Market stock good products, and here are some more tips on how to choose the best fish.

3. Support our oceans: We can help keep fish stocks happy by ensuring the environment they live in is clean. Ensure to use reusable bags instead of plastic and a reusable water bottle instead of purchasing bottled water. Here are even more ways you can help solve our ocean’s problems.

4. Lean more about sustainable fisheries and oceans: There are lots of resources online to learn more. Check out this TED talk by leading ocean researcher Sylvia Earle.

5. Spread the word: Chat to friends and family about what you’ve learned about the world of oceans and fisheries!