Thinking about the International Slow Fish Movement On Good Friday. Below are excerpts from Amanda Lopez’ local research:
SURVEY ON SOUTH COAST SEAFOOD:
Do you know the fish you are eating?
Would you like to support your local fisherman?
The world’s fish stocks are in trouble.
Decades of mismanagement and continued overfishing have reduced many species’ populations to the brink of extinction. There is hope, however. Consumers, government and the seafood industry are becoming aware of their impact and fishers and farmers are changing their practices in accordance.
I first researched the fish species most sold and consumed in Australia and especially in the South Coast region; farmed Salmon and farmed Barramundi. It is often a challenge to determine whether more environmental damage is caused by over fishing the wild fish or environmental contamination from consuming farmed seafood.
For farmed fish, Barramundi is much more sustainable than Salmon.
Australian Farmed Barramundi is well managed, has lower risk of disease, consumes less food per kilo sold and does not pollute the sea bed as the cages of Salmon in Tasmania.
Until designs are created to reduce the overcrowding and seabed destruction of farmed Salmon, I would avoid it as much as possible.
MY KIAMA TO MORUYA SLOW FISH SURVEY
I wanted to share my findings with the public and Slow Food in order to encourage more sustainable, fresh and local consumption with the hope of reducing the impact of farmed Salmon and Ocean Trout while adding awareness of best practice seafood consumption.. Some of the locally caught fish we found along the South Coast:
Ocean Bream, Bonito, Butter Fish, Cod, Flake (shark), Dory, Flathead, Latchet, Ling, Ocean Perch, Snapper, Long Fin Tuna, Sand Whiting.
Oysters: local only, Greenwell Point, Batemans Bay and Clyde River
Prawns: mostly from Queensland, local fresh water only in summer, a small catch in winter of ocean prawns
Squid: often locally sold – ask for source
Octopus: very occasionally local – mostly sourced elsewhere.
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