Gone Fishing

9th February 2015
Posted by: Bridget Okeeffe

Fish offers heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and, in general, less fat than meat. It’s a great way to get your protein fix while taking care of your skin, heart and overall wellbeing. It’s important to eat responsibly sourced fish as the industry is one that has a huge impact on the environment. I have put together some tips for you girls to consider when visiting your fish monger or while strolling through the isles of your local supermarket.


Where is it from?

Buy fish that has been sourced from small local fisheries. The reason for this is that local fisherman who are using more sustainable methods need your support. Moreover by sourcing from locals, you cut out transportation which only adds to your carbon footprint.

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How was it caught?

Always choose line-caught fish wherever possible. According to Green Peace “line-caught fish tend to be of better quality than trawled or netted fish. The line-caught sea bass and mackerel fisheries in SW England are a good option. Not all lines are good however. If you must eat tuna, then go for skipjack or yellowfin caught by rod-and-line. Avoid tuna caught by long-lines unless you are sure that the lines have been specially adapted to avoid catching threatened species such as seabirds, sharks and turtles.”

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Try something new!

Much of the popular white fish such as cod or plaice or in bad shape. while there are plenty on the shelves, numbers in the sea are depleting rapidly. Ask your local fish monger or the fish counter at your local supermarket for similar alternatives.Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 14.36.59

What should I stay away from?

Atlantic Halibut

Beluga Sturgeon

Acadian Redfish

Orange Roughy

Winter Skate

Bocaccio Rockfish

European Eel

Goliath Grouper

Maltese Ray

Bluefin Tuna

These fish have become particularly popular and mostly only reach sexual maturity late and grow slowly, which means that they are susceptible to over fishing. There are so many alternatives that you can try which are similar and just as delicious! Scrummy recipes to follow…

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