Eating right for the oceans

Eating right for the oceans isn't always easy. A colleague at the Sea Around Us Project out of the University of British Columbia just wrote an interesting essay on why choosing sustainable seafood isn't enough to save the world's fish. (See "Careful Consumption Alone Can't Save the World's Fish" by Jennifer Jaquet.)

First, she argues that since seafood has become a globalized product--40 percent of the world's seafood is traded between nations--we often can't tell what species of fish we are actually buying, let alone how it was caught. Second, in some cases, if these "sustainable" choices become too popular, then the label could actually prompt intensive pressure to overfish them. Finally, we can't neglect the continued importance of putting pressure on politicians to tighten ocean conservation measures and fishing regulations.