Sustainable Seafood Week

A Future Without Fish? Why Choose Sustainable

Supporting sustainability with our products at Big prawn is more than a certification, is the very core of our philosophy. Sustainability isn’t just about fish stocks, its about the intricate ecosystem of the ocean and preserving delicious seafood for future generations to come.

Our oceans contain up to 80% of life on earth, with seafood providing an important source of protein to more than 3 billion people across the world. It is integral to life across the globe. The ocean is the lungs of our planet, providing us with all the oxygen we need so for the world to live as it does now, we need our oceans to thrive – not just survive.

Currently, 1/3 of fisheries around the world have been fished beyond sustainable limits, with a further 60% fished to their maximum capacity. When too many fish are caught there are not enough adult fish to breed. Without this, the possibility of sustaining a healthy fish population is lost and the stock becomes overfished.

For examples, in the early 90s, the impact of overfishing caused devastating impacts across the world, including the collapse of Canada’s Grand Banks Cod Fishery in 1992. As a result, over 35,000 fishers and plant workers from more than 400 coastal communities lost their jobs. Clearly, the impact of non-sustainable fishing is not just about the fish but people and their livelihood. Empty seas can cause empty stomachs and empty pockets around the world.

Sustainable fishing, naturally, means leaving enough fish in the oceans, but also about respecting habitats and ensuring good management that can adapt to changing environmental circumstances – which has never been more important than now. Supporting sustainable fishing allows recovery of not just fish stocks, but their habitats also. The ocean is interconnected intrinsically through various eco-systems of ocean life.

The importance of a future with fish is epitomised by Ryan, a Hake Fisherman from Newlyn, an MSC certified fishery:

“ We fish sustainably so future generations can enjoy the seafood we love”.

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