Ten incredible facts about food from our ocean for World Oceans Day

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This is a sponsored article from SustainabilityTracker.com member Marine Stewardship Council.

1. ‘Super seafood’ is packed with nutrients

Seafood is full of important nutrients, such as zinc, iron, vitamins A and B12, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, all essential for human health. Oily fish such as salmon and herring contain pound-for-pound more essential nutrients than nuts, grains, meat, leafy veg or seeds.Research has shown that, when consumed in seafood, these nutrients are better absorbed and utilized by the body than nutrients from vegetables and food supplements.

2. Wild seafood is a planet-friendly option

Fishing has a lower environmental impact than land-based animal farming because it uses little land or fresh water and doesn’t require feed or fertilisers.

Babakar, fisher from Ghana with a skipjack tuna on board the Jai Alai, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles

3. Eating fish instead of meat can help to reduce carbon emissions

Eating wild-caught seafood results in one-tenth the amount of carbon dioxide associated with red meat. It also has a lower carbon footprint than cheese or chicken
Certain seafood, including small fish such as herring, mackerel and sprat, have lower carbon emissions than rice and corn while also being some of the most nutritious fish to eat.

4. There are thousands of different types of seafood to try

There are over 2,200 species of wild-caught seafood and 600 farmed, yet most of us only regularly eat a small number of different fish. In America, the ten most popular types of seafood account for 77% of all seafood consumption.

5. People have been eating fish for nearly 2 million years

The earliest definitive evidence of early humans eating aquatic animals dates back to 1.95 million years ago in Kenya. It was around this time that bigger-brained humans started to evolve.

6. It’s not all about food – millions of people depend on fishing as a way of life

600 million people depend on seafood for employment. And it’s not just fishermen – more than half those working in the seafood sector are women. Fishing is also engrained in the culture of many coastal communities. 

7. By fishing sustainably, we can actually catch more!

By taking care of the ocean and only fishing what it can provide, we can actually catch more fish. Ending overfishing could result in an increase global annual seafood production by 16 million tonnes – enough to meet the protein needs of an additional 72 million people per year.

8. Fish is the most globally traded food – more than sugar or coffee

Seafood is the most highly traded commodity in the global food system, with trade doubling in quantity and value between 1998 – 2018. The annual value of the international trade of seafood is USD$151 billion – worth more than five times the trade value of coffee and around US$30 billion more than sugar.  This makes seafood essential to many national economies.

9. Fish is part of many people’s cultural heritage

Christians traditionally eat fish on Good Fridays, while in Judaism fish is a symbol of fertility and luck eaten on Jewish New Year. According to the Quran, the fish is a symbol of eternal life and also knowledge, while in ancient Mesopotamia in Western Asia fish offerings were made to the gods.

10. By choosing to only eat sustainable seafood, you’re helping to make sure your kids and grandkids get to enjoy fish too

By buying sustainable seafood with the MSC blue fish tick label, or the green ASC label on farmed fish, you will be supporting responsible fishers helping to ensure an ocean full of life and delicious seafood for future generations to enjoy.

Thursday 8 June 2023 marks the UN’s 15th World Oceans Day, created as a way to celebrate our world’s shared ocean and our personal connection to the sea. To mark this important day, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is asking everyone to Make a Deal with the Ocean, recognising how essential it is to us all.

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