July 29, 2016
And the survey says… seafood consumers care about sustainability. Nearly three quarters (72%) of respondents agree that shoppers should only purchase from sustainable sources. Sustainability was ranked as more important than price or brand, but only 54% of respondents were willing to pay more for certified sustainable products, such as Marine Stewardship Council approved products. The study findings were drawn from a population of 16,000 consumers from 21 countries including the U.S. Read more at World Fish and Aquaculture.
A blogpost for ethical eaters called “The Neurotic Eater’s Grocery List” was shared widely on social media. Many seafood items got nixed for animal rights issues, water pollution, antibiotic use, and overharvesting. Some of the author’s points use the exception to prove the rule, which makes for unfair generalizations. Some perspectives do warrant more discussion, for example, the issue of animal rights for aquatic animals rarely gets covered by the media. Read more at Grub Street.
Robbing Peter to pay Paul? A new fish feed ingredient made from bacteria is being pitched by a Silicon Valley start-up. A company representative touted the product as a sustainable alternative for aquaculture feed. Our own Jillian Fry notes that these bacteria are raised on a diet of natural gas, much of which could come from fracking, which creates new environmental and health impacts. Read more at Civil Eats and the Global Aquaculture Advocate.
Eelgrass and oysters are new best friends. Eelgrass, a type of underwater plant growing in coastal waters, can absorb CO2 and, in a localized way, change the ocean pH to make it less acidic. West Coast oysters, particularly juveniles, are dying due to these acidic waters, and oysters grown in eelgrass beds are protected compared to oysters grown without plant cover. Read more at Yale Environment 360.
Oyster restoration projects from New Jersey to San Francisco are getting some welcome attention in a short piece written by Wayne Parry, an Associated Press reporter, and widely picked up by news organizations. How do we scale up from local successes to national policy? @WayneParryAC please keep digging into this issue. Read more at ABC News.