Merici College Green Tip #28 - Is there a good fish?

The number of overfished stocks globally has tripled in half a century.

Fishing is one of the most significant causes of declines in ocean wildlife populations. 

Catching fish is not inherently bad for the ocean, except when fish are overfished, meaning that fish are caught faster than stocks can replenish.

The number of overfished stocks globally has tripled in half a century. One-third of the world's assessed fisheries are currently pushed beyond their biological limits, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 

Overfishing is also closely tied to bycatch—the capture of untargeted sea life. 

This is a serious marine threat that causes the needless loss of billions of fish, along with hundreds of thousands of sea turtles and cetaceans such as whales, dolphins, and porpoises.

The damage done by overfishing goes beyond the marine environment - billions of people rely on fish for protein, and fishing is the principal livelihood for millions of people around the world.

What can you do?  Download the app for Australia's Sustainable Seafood Guide.

GoodFish: Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide is your comprehensive guide to seafood sustainability, covering Australian fishmongers, supermarkets, fish and chip shops and restaurants. 

This tool empowers you to act on growing public concern about the impact of fishing on our ocean ecosystems and sea life.

Choose sustainably to support fresh, local seafood for generations to come.

To find out which fish to say "no" to click on the link or download the app:


Felicity Maher

Sustainability Officer



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