The most sustainable seafood for your pescatarian diet 🐟

so I afford it with different forms of
vegetarianism before you know veganism lacto-ovo – meat only when traveling… yeah… I think I probably try it once every six months and then… it never works out. But pescatarian somehow it seemed like a good compromise that could actually
work. I mean, Ariana Grande tried it for at
least nine days in 2010. And she and I have a lot of things in common. I also have a hit single titled Pete Davidson. And the appeal of this compromise isn’t
just that I could theoretically eat shrimp for every meal. it’s also because
fish are an energy efficient form of protein. So that’s why I thought going
pescatarian would be a good environmental move. But then, I started to
ask some questions about it. [Eve to experts] if someone told you that they were
trying to go pescatarian for the climate, what would you tell them? I tell them it’s gonna be confusing. I mean I think after a year they may just quit it
and go eat chicken. It turns out deciphering the environmental argument
for eating our aquatic friends is really complicated – there’s carbon footprint,
biodiversity impact, whether certain populations are overfished… Now, most of
the richer countries of the world are managing their fisheries pretty well. Big
problem areas are largely the Global South, particularly Southeast Asia where
they really don’t have particularly effective management at the moment the
small scale fisheries are really important for low and middle income
countries where it could be important to support
when it’s being done sustainably. So from a labor and equity perspective, it’s
important to support sustainable fish farms in developing countries. Another
important thing to remember is that Ray says that any seafood that traveled on a
plane is gonna have a bonkers carbon footprint. If it goes on airplane, it’s got
a terrible carbon footprint. Whereas, if you get frozen salmon even if they’ve
been to China for reprocessing, the carbon footprint’s really low – because they go by
ship. Shrimp usually look very bad, okay? if they’re wild shrimp – it takes a lot of
fuel to catch ’em. Look, I get it, the shrimp have problems! Farmed fish
does tend to have a smaller carbon footprint, but it obviously has some
drawbacks – like antibiotics overuse that really harms the ecosystems around them.
And, the biodiversity impact of farmed fish really depends on what they’re fed. Like
is it seaweed? Or is it other small fish? So there’s no truly perfect way to eat
seafood with the planet in mind. But, experts can agree on a few ground rules.
Ray: if you wanted to minimize your carbon footprint and still eat a healthy diet,
it would consist of small fishes like sardines, herrings, mackerel, farmed shellfish
like mussels and oysters, scallops, prawns that are farmed. You
can’t eat fish all the time, whether farmed or wild, need to be to the edge of
the plate and seaweeds and shellfish in the center. Other crops, particularly –
potatoes always look good and I love potatoes. But it would it
would definitely be a pescatarian diet That’s our money line right there. So it is possible to be a pescatarian for the planet. And the motto is, mollusks are
mighty, feeder fish are fine, and big fish are big treats…
and never forget to eat your plants!

11 thoughts on “The most sustainable seafood for your pescatarian diet 🐟

  1. Oh dear, I think its EVEN more complicated than what you have presented here. For anyone who would like to dig in and filter through the problems with aquacultured shellfish, which are several, I highly recommend Toxic Pearl ( which is a pretty damning condemnation of our history of heavy chemical use in some of the areas in which we have large aquaculture operations in Washington State. Local shellfish may be lower in their carbon footprint in terms of transportation, but they have some really serious problems with respect to chemical use associated with the suppression of what are considered "pest" animals and plants by the shellfish industry.

  2. Isn't around 50% of the plastic in the ocean old fishing equipment? I don't really see the point in vegetarianism/eating veg and fish, if you wanna change your diet to help the planet, your body and to be more ethical, why not just go vegan?

  3. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is working on several of the issues mentioned in the video. It's engaged with small-scale producers in Southeast Asia to improve the environmental and social sustainability of farmed shrimp in particular, and is working with salmon farms in Chile to reduce their reliance on antibiotics. It's online, science-based seafood recommendations can help consumers navigate the complexities of seafood sustainability. And, with partners, it's developed a social justice risk assessment tool and another tool to help evaluate the relative carbon footprint of different types of seafood production. (Both tools are most useful for businesses that are trying to improve the social and environmental sustainability of their seafood supply chains — since businesses generally have more detailed information about where their seafood is coming from than is available to the average consumer at a supermarket or a restaurant.)

  4. Hey Umbra. Do you know if it's okay to eat the little soy sauce fish that comes with the sushi? Is it sustainable? Thanks, Oli

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