Fish is not an inexhaustible resource. Today, we know that more than three quarters of fish stocks are overfished or fished to the limit of exhaustion and that our markets are flooded with fish caught using unsustainable methods. We can counteract the effects of unsustainable fishing and reverse it: the future of our seas and fish resources also depends on our consumption choices. We need to learn to make responsible and informed consumption choices, choosing the quality and freshness of seasonal local produce that are not declining and outside of reproductive cycles. We need to control production methods and choose products that are caught or bred using sustainable methods.
Local seasonal fish is always fresh, controlled and does not have to travel thousands of kilometres before reaching our plates. Our seas are rich in high-quality species and many of these are still fairly unknown, while we have forgotten others and we should learn to eat them: if we help our seas we will discover how rich they are in taste Sand nutritional values.
Most fish are unavailable or we cannot fish them in certain periods of the year. Choosing seasonal products means respecting the life cycle of the fish species and having a greater probability of always purchasing fresh local produce.
Buying a fish during its reproductive period means preventing that fish from reproducing and preventing its fish population from remaining stable.
We need to respect minimum size, thus allowing fish to reproduce at least once in their life and making sure that fish are only caught in adulthood.
The excesses of intensive fishing are seriously threatening the survival of a great many fish species. Directing consumption towards the choice of lesser-known species helps to reduce the pressure of fishing on numerous commercial species and reduces wastefulness.