For the love of our Oceans...

August 23, 2013 by dyertrust

For the love of our oceans....

The slogan above epitomizes all that WWFs Sustainable Seafood Initiative stands for and seafood Consumer Outreach Manager, Janine Basson, put this message across beautifully at the latest marine evening hosted at the Great White House in Kleinbaai - by Marine Dynamics and Dyer Island Cruises. The Overberg hosts many an enthusiastic fishermen, shore and boat based, with fishing being the livelihood of many of the people living in Gansbaai so the conservation of the fish resources in this area is of utmost importance.

When it comes to buying your seafood of choice, it is best to apply the traffic light approach if the species falls in the Green category, you are safe to indulge to your hearts delight. When its an Orange categorized species you should only use if there are no other options. Species on the red list should be avoided at all cost as even the smallest indulgence helps fuel the trade of a species which is of conservation concern.

It is up to us all as consumers to choose wisely to ensure the survival of the many fish species which have over the years shown rapid decline. This programis very much focused on awareness of the current depletion threat faced by these species and all that attended this educational night were quite shocked to realize just how many species were over fished, caught as bycatch or how different environments were purposefully transformed to accommodate the farming of species such as prawns due to commercial pressure.

As consumers we can support this program in South Africa by buying products displaying the MSC logo (www.msc.org) as these products are traceable back to the sustainable fishery that caught it.

To see which choices to make go to: www.wwfsassi.co.za

If your are standing at the counter and you are unsure of the species you have in hand for tonights supper, sms the name of the species to 0794998795, you will receive a reply with the items current SASSI status to help you make the right choice after all, your choice makes a difference.