Use your shopping basket to build sustainable fishing

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On behalf of the team at the Marine Stewardship Council, a charity for sustainable seafood based in the UK, I wish you a very happy and prosperous 2015.

Many New Year’s resolutions will be associated with healthy lifestyle choices after the indulgences over the Christmas period. Some will endure longer than others. To help sustain those good intentions we wanted to let your readers know of some great sustainable seafood choices that motivate lasting change for the oceans as well as our post-festive waistlines.

One-third of the world’s oceans are overfished but the MSC has been working for 15 years to prevent too many fish being taken out of the seas. We need to fish at sustainable levels, and around 250 fisheries around the world are doing so, representing 10 per cent of wild capture seafood that we can trace back from boat to plate.

Many of these MSC certified sustainable fisheries are in the UK, including fisheries local to you. There are mussels from the Menai Strait cockles from South Wales, scallops and crab from Shetland and haddock landed at Peterhead, while Hastings herring fishery and sardines from Cornwall supply fresh fish to local markets. There are also more British favourites such as cod, haddock, tuna and prawns, that are certified sustainable than ever before.

So whether it’s at your local supermarket such as Sainsbury’s or Aldi, or at your local chip shop or McDonald’s, those who choose seafood with the MSC’s ecolabel with the distinctive blue tick can make a profound difference one fish at a time while keeping ourselves and our oceans healthy.

We can’t solve the world’s problems alone, but together we can help the world take the path to a more sustainable future.

Toby Middleton

UK Senior Country Manager

Marine Stewardship Council

1-3 Snow Hill

London.