The standardization of consumer behavior that marks our era is also reflected in the consumption of fish and seafood from fresh and salt water. We find the same species commercialized on a massive scale and –as a result– running the risk of over-exploitation. Intensive fish farms have been set up to respond to the huge demand for these species. But far from being a solution, aquaculture often only worsens the problem.
One key to change is collective consciousness from consumers.
They would need to be at the front line of this movement and to decide not to eat fish or seafood from a production system that was harmful to the environment.
Our suggested list is very short. It will help you start to change your behavior. But it is not meant to be carved in stone. It is the methods of fishing and fish farming, and above all their intensity, that should draw our attention and potentially our concern. Artisanal and responsible methods for catching or farming these same species can be just fine. On the flipside, savagely effective fishing techniques applied to still-numerous species can lead to a rapid fall in stocks.