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Sustainable Seafood by Annalise Braakensiek

Hey My Lovelies,

I hope you’ve been well, eaten well, laughed hard and loved harder since my last blog.

Deciding on what subject to share with you each month is somewhat of a challenge because I want to share EVERYTHING with you! I have up my sleeve many eco tips and tricks and I’m passionate about animal and human rights, cancer awareness, yoga, detoxing, all things health and of course my Love Lunch recipes – the list goes on… Good news is I have a monthly blog with Consume With Care, so I’m hoping to get through quite a few of these subjects in the coming months.

As a proud ambassador for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC see https://www.msc.org/) and as I recently hosted my Sustainable Seafood Day Indian Banquet of Love* #ForTheSea, I’ve decided to write about sustainable fishing and seafood practices. It’s a massive problem I’ve only quite recently started to delve into and I have to confess I feel a tad guilty about that. Why have I been so unaware about what is going on with our fishing practices when I’m so passionate about other issues relating to food sustainability? Possibly because I eat a predominantly vegetarian diet. However, several of my health practitioners recently advised me to decrease my tofu intake, and I have started to crave fish, and hence our fishing practices have come to my attention.

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I clearly don’t want to rape and pillage the sea by eating fish that are, or could soon be, extinct. I won’t eat Sword Fish, as I know they mate for life and the partner left behind will die of a broken heart, and I am vehemently against battery farming on land – that’s what much of fish farming is the equivalent of! So what to do other than go back to being vegan? In my case, delve deeper, educate myself and research like a maniac. Thankfully there are sustainable seafood organisations, such as the MSC, and advocates like Mathew Evans (his documentary What’s The Catch caught my eye and began my sustainable fishing and seafood mission), who are helping to expose the truth about fishing practices.

I implore you to see that what we consume today is having a dramatic impact on our future. It has become apparent to me that we are forgetting the lasting damage and negative impacts that are still widely going unnoticed and un-dealt with. Sustainable fishery practices aren’t just about how many fish are left in the ocean, it’s also about methods of fishing that reduce the impact on the seafloor, marine wildlife and fragile marine ecosystems. We must never forget that the fish we consume today affect the prosperity of our ocean ecosystems in the future.

Unfortunately the reality is that more than 11 million tonnes of fish are illegally caught each year. Sustainable fishing practices can be part of the solution to the global fishing crisis, however, there are only a few fisheries that are actually certified as sustainable throughout the world. As consumers, I urge all my lovely readers to take responsibility and spread the word among your loved ones, friends and acquaintances. You might just be surprised how powerful word of mouth is. Good news travels like wildfire!!

So, next time when you’re grocery shopping, choose sustainable seafood whenever possible by buying Australian, buying MSC certified seafood and choosing sustainable seafood species.** Or if you are dining out, don’t be afraid to ask the waiter if the seafood is sustainably caught. This is all it takes to be part of the process – being a force, so our voices can be heard and then, and only then, will we all move towards sustainable fishing practices. We need to ensure that there will never be fishless oceans…. Let’s aim for oceans teaming with life for generations to come.

Much love and mindfulness,

Annalise xxx

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* A huge thank you to the amazingly talented and knowledgeable Joel Best who very kindly donated the seafood for my banquet. If in the area, be sure to check out his restaurant Bondi Best which serves up delicious sustainable seafood.

** Download Apps by the Marine Stewardship Council or the Australian Marine Conservation Society or Sustainable Table’s ebook The Good Fish Book (https://sustainabletable.org.au/Product/tabid/59/0/511044/The-Good-Fish-Book) to learn more about sustainable seafood species.

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