4. WHAT’S YOUR BYCATCH?
Industrial fishing catches more than what ends up on your seafood platter. When you buy seafood caught with Drift-gill nets, bottom trawling, or on miles of long lines using thousands of hooks, you are unknowingly supporting methods that kills hundreds of thousands of dolphins, turtles, sharks, whales and other endangered marine life every year as by-catch. The higher the fish is on the food chain the higher the rate of by catch, because these predatory fish inhabit the same habitat as endangered migratory sharks such as Mako sharks, Blue sharks, and Hammerheads. In fact, some of these sharks even make it back to your plate disguised as processed fish products such as fish n chips, or fish sticks and patties. Shark, which contains toxic levels of mercury, is sold in supermarkets all over the world as whitefish, rock salmon, flake, dogfish, and many other misleading names. When buying fish, check where it comes from, how it was caught, and when it was caught (some fish are only sustainable if caught in certain seasons). Just because it was farmed, doesn’t necessarily mean ocean-friendly! Some fish farms pollute the ocean with dangerous chemicals, feed their farms unsustainable caught wild fish, and release genetically modified fish into the wild which can disrupt healthy fish populations. Use the Marine Stewardship Council Blue Label to find sustainable seafood, and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council to find socially responsible farm-raised fish.
Check out other names that shark is disguised as here. Learn what makes a fish sustainable in this quick video!