Environmental Benefits of Local Seafood
According to The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), over 70 percent of the world’s fisheries as either “fully exploited,” “overexploited” or “significantly depleted.” This startling statistic reflects the critical need for consumers to seek out traceable, sustainabley harvested seafood. San Diego fishermen practice science-based sustainable fisheries management which ensures the long term health of our local marine ecosystem.
Overfishing is a significant problem in countries where there are no regulations regarding which species can be caught and in what quantities. Intensive fishing of targeted species leads to a decline in populations which can then disrupt the entire marine food web. When undesirable species are incidentally harvested, they are often discarded at sea or at shore. Endangered or protected species like sea turtles and some dolphins are commonly caught as bycatch.
Due to the rampant false labeling of seafood, purchasing local seafood is the single way to guarantee you are supporting environmentally-friendly fishing practices.