As our world’s population continues to grow, the demand for seafood has increased dramatically, leading to overfishing and other unsustainable practices. In order to ensure the long-term health of our oceans and the livelihoods of those who depend on them, it’s important to support sustainable seafood practices.

By 2050, the world’s population is projected to increase by 2.4 billion people, and to meet the impending demand for food, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations suggests that we need to increase our food production by 70 percent.

However, as some wild fish stocks are depleting, aquaculture presents itself as a practical solution for sustainable food production and to help replenish depleted fisheries.

In addition to meeting food demands, aquaculture also provides economic value to local communities. By reducing reliance on imported seafood, the U.S. could decrease its trade deficit while creating “blue tech” jobs to revitalize its working waterfronts.

In this this post, we’ll explore what sustainable seafood means, why it’s important, and what we can do to support it.

What is sustainable seafood?

Sustainable seafood is seafood that is caught or farmed using methods that support the long-term health and viability of fish populations, as well as the health of the marine environment.

This means using fishing methods that avoid overfishing and bycatch (the unintentional capture of non-target species), as well as farming methods that do not harm the environment or wild fish populations.

Why is sustainable seafood important?

Overfishing and unsustainable fishing practices have led to the depletion of many fish populations, threatening the future of our oceans and the livelihoods of those who depend on them.

Unsustainable fishing practices can also harm the environment and other marine life, leading to a loss of biodiversity and negative impacts on the health of the ocean ecosystem.

By supporting sustainable seafood practices, we can help protect the oceans and ensure that fish populations remain healthy for future generations.

Read the full article about sustainable seafood at Causeartist.