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Title: Seafood Watch:


1
Seafood Watch Choices for Healthy Oceans
Sheila Bowman, Outreach Manager Seafood Watch
Program Monterey Bay Aquarium
2
Seafood Supply Demand
  • Global seafood consumption doubled since 1973
  • An additional demand of 32 million tons by 2020
  • The US
  • imports 82 of our seafood
  • is the worlds second largest importer (17 of
    the global total 93 million tonnes)
  • Approximately 2/3 of seafood is wild-caught
  • Approximately 1/3 is farmed

3
(in tons/km2)
Biomass of table fish in 1900
(V. Christensen, SAUP)
4
Biomass of table fish in 1999
(V. Christensen, SAUP)
5
If current trends continue, edible seafood supply
will be depleted by 2048
6
Issues of Concern for Wild Fisheries
  • OVERFISHING
  • 76 of global fish stocks are at capacity or
    already depleted.
  • In the US 1 in 5 populations are experiencing
    over fishing.
  • BYCATCH
  • 7.3 million tons of fish are thrown overboard
    annually.
  • HABITAT DAMAGE
  • The area of seafloor trawled or dredged each year
    is 150 times that of all forests clear-cut
    worldwide.
  • ILLEGAL and UNREGULATED FISHING
  • At least ¼ of the worlds catch.

7
Issues of Concern for Aquaculture
  • USE OF MARINE RESOURCES
  • Large amounts of smaller fish are caught and
    converted to fish pellets to feed carnivorous
    species
  • POLLUTION IMPACTS ON WILD FISH POPULATIONS
  • Open net pens release parasites, disease and
    chemicals like hormones and antibiotics into the
    environment.
  • ESCAPED NON NATIVE FISH IMPACTS ON WILD FISH
  • Open net pens allow non-native farmed species to
    escape
  • HABITAT DAMAGE
  • Coastal habitats are destroyed to create farms
  • Pollution from farms impacts the seafloor and
    surrounding environment.

8
Health Risks
  • FDA EPA mercury advisories ask women of
    child-bearing age and children to
    avoid swordfish, shark, king mackerel,
    tilefish
  • PCBs/PBDEs in farmed salmon may outweigh health
    benefits (Science 2004, 303, No
    5655 226-229)
  • Antibiotics use in Thai shrimp farming
    contributes to the development antibiotic-resistan
    t pathogens
  • (International Journal of Food Science and
    Technology 2003, 38, 255-266)

9
Chilean Seabass
Vanishing Flavors
Bluefin Tuna
Pacific Rockfish
Marcus Samuelsson, Aquavit
Mario Batali, Babbo
Hiro Sone, Terra
Scientists estimate this fishery could collapse
in 5 years.
Since the 1970s, Atlantic Bluefin populations
have declined by 80.
Nearly vanished. Fishery is down 97 since the
late 1960s.
10
What is Seafood Watch?
A program of Monterey Bay Aquarium empowering
consumers and businesses to make choices for
healthy oceans.
  • Build awareness (What are the issues?)
  • Provide the knowledge (What are some
    environmentally responsible choices?)
  • Encourage action (What can I do?)

11
Regional Seafood Pocket GuidesHelp Spread the
Word
  • Central U.S.
  • Northeast
  • National
  • Hawaii
  • West Coast

Southeast Southwest Spanish language for
National, Southwest and West Coast Sushi (coming
in Fall of 2008)
12
Sustainable Seafood is Available!
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14
www.seafoodwatch.org
15
Consumers and Advocates Resource Page
16
Leave Behind Tent Cards
17
Fish Fact Cards Cheat sheets for seafood on the
Avoid list
18
Fishing Gear and Aquaculture Fact Cards
available only on the website
19
Reference Resources
20
Retail and Food Service Leaders Become Part of
the Solution
  • November 2005 Walmart to buy only eco-certified
    shrimp. Red Lobster follows
  • The initiative is partly from demand by
    consumers to buy sustainably grown products
  • Peter Redmond, Walmart Vice President for deli
    and seafood
  • January 2006 Worldwide ban of wild sturgeon
    caviar
  • January 2006 Walmart to purchase all wild-caught
    fish for North American market from MSC-certified
    fisheries within 3 to 5 years
  • February 2006 Compass Group North America
    announces sustainable seafood policy
  • April 2008 ARAMARK announces sustainable seafood
    policy

21
Shifting attitudes in the industry
2007
2006
it seems increasingly unlikely the movement
will prove to be a passing fad.
2004
Sustainability. This word was on a lot lips in
2005 expect it to be the buzzword in
2006. Continued pressure on retailers will cause
a trickle-down effect across the seafood
industry.
1997
Market demand for environmentally responsible
fish is crossing over from a niche to the
mainstream.
If youre a seafood company, you dont crawl
under the covers with greenies.
The sustainable seafood movement is here to
stay. Make no mistake about that.
22
  • Thank you!

Juvenile male white shark at the Monterey Bay
Aquarium. Arrived August 28, 2007 measuring 4
feet 9 inches and weighing in at 68 pounds.
Male white shark at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Arrived August 31, 2006, measuring 5 feet 8
inches and weighing in at 104 pounds.
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