“Sustainable Seafood” – Jane Lubchenco

“Sustainable Seafood” – Jane Lubchenco


So the conclusion here is that marine reserves,
the information that we’re gathering, suggests that marine reserves can provide very powerful
tools. And in some cases, they’re unique for some
of the benefits that they provide. They’re not a panacea. They don’t do everything to fix oceans. So they really have to be coupled with other
kinds of tools, good fishery management, tools such as dedicated access privileges or other
kinds of tools that might provide fishermen with an incentive to have something to fish
down the road, so incentives for conservation, pollution controls, consumer awareness, lots
of other tools. For those of you that don’t live right next
to an ocean, some of this may be a little farther afield. But the way that most people connect with
oceans is in fact, through seafood. And in fact, if these are issues that you
care about and want to be able to eat fish, eat seafood, and not feel guilty about it,
one way that you can do that is to educate yourself about what kinds of seafood are caught
in ways that are sustainable or are farmed in ways that are sustainable. And this seafood watch card is one of the
tools that’s out there. This particular one is provided by the Monterey
Bay Aquarium. Environmental Defense also has a seafood card. Blue Ocean Institute does. And elsewhere in the world, and increasingly
in the US, the Marine Stewardship Council is certifying fishing practices. And so you can end up with information that
is easy to carry in your wallet or your pocket, and to look and see is this seafood something
that’s sustainably caught or farmed or not? So there have been a lot of campaigns by a
lot of NGOs to educate people about seafood choices. And a whole group, the Seafood Choices Alliance,
is providing information not just to consumers, but to chefs. And there are a lot of celebrity chefs that
are interested in promoting this. So there’s a lot of increasing awareness around
the issues of food.

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