From an early age, we learn that fish is good for your health. But how responsible is it to eat fish?
Responsible fish eating, it is certainly possible,” says Geert Wiegertjes, a professor of Aquaculture and Fisheries at Wageningen University. “However, there are a number of things that you need to look for when buying sustainable fish and wants to buy it.”
“Pay attention, first of all, the labels on the packaging,” explains Wiegertjes to. He was referring to the labels from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).
(MSC) is the eco-label for fish products from sustainable fisheries. This means that fish stocks are managed sustainably, to live in the sea, as little damage as possible is done and there is very little by-catch is.
The ASC is similar to that of the MSC-label for farmed fish. The label has lines for less and less use of antibiotics, sustainable fish, and improve the working conditions of the employees.
Tips to be a responsible fish to eat:
- Buy fish with the MSC or ASC-certified.
- Go for organic if you can) animal welfare is important.
- Looking for seafood without the label (for example, from the fisherman on the List.
- To eat a fish that’s well-rated in accordance with the Bijvangstwijzer.
“These labels keep not take into account the welfare of the animals,” says Wiegertjes. It is, however, in the case of the label ‘organic’.
Organic fish is always farmed-fish, because of the conditions of wild fish cannot be controlled. In the case of biological fish are more and more demands on welfare is held responsible. For example, the number of fish per cubic meter. Also, the fish meat is unconscious and free of pain, and the use of hormones is prohibited.”
Three-quarters of the supermarktvis a mark of quality
From the research of MSC and ASC, it appears that 74 per cent of the fish products in the Dutch supermarket is one of the two labels has. For canned fish, it is, however, still have a lot to gain. Less than half (48 per cent), the MSC or ASC-certified. It is expected that in the last few years, however, have increased.
What is remarkable is that the feed for fish is only 28%, one of the two labels has. Moreover, there is also the difference between products of the same brand. One glance, however, the MSC or ASC-certified, and a separate container of the same brand, just not a standard.
Furthermore, most of the visconserven for the: Dolphin SAFE logo. In an earlier interview with the NU.nl call for two experts for this label to be misleading. It is, according to these experts, a problem that is no more. Many years ago, it was the fact that there is a problem of by-catches of dolphins. Now, it’s done much more.
People who work in the supermarket to buy their fish, you can pay attention to the labels. This information can be found on the packaging. (Photo: Pixabay)
It is also critical to the fire
However, it is also a criticism of the MSC and ASC certification. For example, a number of the fishery is not MSC-certification to earn, and that the financial interests are huge. The Correspondent concluded two years ago that the label, indeed, is not the only key to success, but you still have to fish with one of the two labels, you can buy it.
Especially, the tuna fishing had been the past few years, a bad name. The project BESTTuna, which includes the University of Wageningen in, it turns out that a number of tonijnpopulaties again, to a large extent been restored.
Wiegertjes: “more and more, the volume of fish in the tuna weather is bad. And this is true even for the atlantic bonito, is a tonijnsoort who are caught in the Mediterranean Sea. It is the world today becoming more and more aware of the fact that we have no more fish to catch, then it’s good for the ecosystem.”
The country of origin and method of catching
Should you have a fish without a mark, therefore, by definition, the left are? “A difficult question”, says Wiegertjes. “It also depends on the country of origin and the manner in which the fish is caught.” The professor thinks that the manufacturers should be required to identify the origin and method of catch to be mentioned on the packaging.
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The fish at the fishmonger’s, it is often in bulk, and is on the ice, and you won’t be able to tell whether the fish is MSC – or ASC-standard. You can get the fishmonger these questions, and in any case, ask where the fish comes from.
Then, you can go into the List of the Good and the Fish Foundation is to determine how sustainable the fish is.
By-catch in the North sea, which scores very well in terms of sustainability:
- The grey mullet
- Species (hound’s tongue)
By-catch from the North sea, which is not a good score in terms of sustainability:
- Horse mackerel
- The angler fish
- John dory
- The shark