As Marylanders, we know sustainable seafood practices are important. All of us are invested in making sure the Bay keeps its Blue Crabs in part because of Maryland pride, in part because we would like the Bay’s ecosystem to keep functioning, and in part because YUM! But sustainable seafood expands far beyond Blue Crabs and the Bay. According to National Geographic 70% of the world’s fisheries are exploited, over exploited, or have suffered from a collapse already. Which is big uh oh! I love my sushi but for the sake of having in the future I might want to limit how often I get it.
But beyond the food aspect fish are part of massive ecosystems in the sea. If fish are overfished to the point of population collapse it can destroy the whole ecosystem, and take hundreds or even thousands of jobs with them.
Oceana has created a series of helpful guides on what types of fish are the better options to eat. They even were considerate enough to make a sushi guide. So, so long red snappers, next time I’ll be getting smelt roe instead.
image from http://oceana.org/sites/default/files/MBA_SeafoodWatch_SushiGuide.pdf