Thursday, 16 August 2007

Is eating fish bad for the environment?

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Fish is becoming more and more popular these days as people look for both an alternative to other meats and a boost in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. But although fish like salmon and tuna are good for your heart, blood pressure, and countless other systems (as long as you watch out for mercury) is the sudden increase in demand straining the environment?

There is a pending issue with sustainable fishing grounds, especially as demand goes up and fisherman are driven to pull more and more fish up out of the sea. The key is to have controlled and sustainable fisheries, where the managers control how many fish can be caught based on biological factors and not price, but unfortunately many of them don't work that way and are subject to overfishing and collapse.

Wild caught Alaskan salmon is a good choice as there is documented and well managed sustainable fishing in that area, and as for other types of fish check out this list for your best bets as well as which to avoid.


Via That's Fit

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