It’s the UN International Day of Happiness and to celebrate we are focusing on positive stories of sustainable seafood and conservation. Here are 3 reasons we are happy right now:
1- CITES voted to protect mantas rays and five species of sharks last week . This means that manta rays, the oceanic whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus), scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrma lewini), great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran), smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zigaena) and the porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus) now fall under CITES law with regards to any harvesting and will require proof that any fishing came from a sustainable and legal source. The mantas and sharks were typically targeted as delicacies in Asian cuisine (the sharks for their valuable fins alone!).
2- Sustainable seafood is a hot topic! Between the MSC scandal revealed by NPR, and a vow to only use sustainable seafood by companies McDonald’s and the makers of Sheba catfood, there has been a lot of talk about what it means to eat sustainable seafood. Awareness is a wonderful thing, and hopefully it will get people to ask more questions about where their seafood comes from and how it affects the environment by fishing or farming it.
3- Seafood fraud is back in the news! This may seem like bad news but all of the press means that both businesses and consumers will be aware of the problem of people masquerading one fish for another (typically serving a cheaper fish than ordered). We love it when people feel empowered, so this makes us very happy!