According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), global fish production is approaching its sustainable limit. Around 90% of the world’s stocks are now fully or overfished and worryingly by 2025 a 17% increase in production has been predicted.
Since the 1970s, the planet’s fish has been overexploited. A staggering 40% of popular species like tuna are now being caught unsustainably [UN FAO’s biannual State of the world’s fisheries report]
Last week I watched a food programme by Jamie Oliver in which he promoted sustainable fish and how to cook them.
“Government intervention doesn’t seem to be working well or quickly enough in Europe, so we’ve got to look for practical solutions we can apply in our daily lives. Our changing lifestyles and general lack of cooking knowledge has meant our fish horizons have narrowed to the point where supermarkets have created pop stars of tuna, haddock, prawns, cod and salmon. This Big Five of the fish world make up nearly 90% of the fish we consume in the UK, and our dependence on them means they are often overfished. This shift is so sad, because it means younger generations aren’t getting a chance to fall in love with delicious fish like pollack, dab, gurnard, coley or pouting” – Jamie Oliver
The fish in orange are otherwise known as the Big 5 a.k.a the sustainable fish! Here are a few recipes from the programme that I wanted to share with you using these wonderful alternatives:
RECIPE 1: Pouting fish fingers (Click link next to image for full recipe)
RECIPE 2: Fish Pie (Click link next to image for recipe)
So there you are! Two great recipes to start your sustainable fish journey! Try something new this year. By just shopping a little differently, you’ll be saving the oceans in a big way. We as consumers are the ones that can make a difference and create a demand for sustainable fish in our local supermarkets/fishmongers! Only then will “the big guys” notice that we’re the ones that want to save the seas for our ever growing population!
Thank you for reading 🙂