2. Go with the season.
Another way of preserving fish stock and protecting dwindling species is to buy fish that are in season. Think about it: overfishing is not so different with a large number of people buying the same species of fish over and over again. It’s all about keeping the balance!
It is also recommended to buy bigger fillets that come from fish that have matured enough to reproduce and contribute to the species.
- 3. Buy local.
As with any kind of food, it’s a given that eating local reduces the environmental impact of your meal. More often than not, a good fishmonger sources straight from sustainable fisheries, keeping it fresh and fine-tasting. Because it does not need to be transported from coast to coast or continent to continent, it should be cheaper too!
Apart from that, having a trusted local fishmonger allows you to get reliable information on what fish is in season, how it’s caught, and maybe even the best way to prepare a fresh catch!
- 4. Check the label.
As you walk down the fish section in the supermarket looking for ingredients for homemade sushi, you might start to wonder: how do I know if this fish is sustainable?
You can check the label for indications of sustainability, particularly the blue fish certification from the Marine Stewardship Council.
Whole Foods also indicates which of the fish they are selling are best choice, good alternative, [to] avoid, and not yet rated. Some American groceries, like Sysco, partners with WWF and other marine conservation organizations to ensure they meet the standards for sustainability.
- 5. Ditch the chopsticks.
Last but definitely not the least, if it can be helped, consider not using disposable chopsticks for your next sushi meal. After all, how to eat sushi in Japanese tradition is with your hands.
In 2011, annual consumption of disposable chopsticks in China alone was 80 billion pairs. By ditching disposables, you can do a small yet significant part in combatting deforestation and minimizing waste that can potential go to the ocean. That’s filling two needs with one deed.