It’s time for a seafood change. We give you tips for sourcing, buying, and eating sustainable seafood. Words: Anna Turns
1. It’s important to eat a wide variety of seafood, so don’t be afraid to try something new and buy alternatives to the big five (prawns, tuna, cod, haddock and salmon).
2. Consider joining a fish-box scheme from a trusted supplier to ensure you eat a range of seasonal, sustainably-caught seafood.
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3. Learn how to make the most of the entire fish, so nothing goes to waste. Go on a course where you learn to fillet fish and cook seafood, such as the Fabulous Fish class at Manna from Devon Cooking School (mannafromdevon.com).
4. Eat local and buy fresh. There may be an abundance of one type of fish in your area right now, so visit your nearby fish market to find out what is currently being caught. The list of which species are sustainable changes constantly from region to region.
5. Find an independent fishmonger you can trust. Ask questions and check they know where, when and how each fish was landed.
6. Download the free Marine Conservation Society’s Good Fish Guide (fishonline.org) to find out what’s in season right now.
7. Look out for eco-labelling schemes such as Marine Stewardship Council for certified environmentally responsible fisheries and Soil Association organic certification for farmed fish.
8. Check the Sustainable Restaurant Association (thesra.org) and Fish2Fork (fish2fork.com) before booking. Always ask where and when the fish on the menu was caught. The fresher the better.