Now more than ever, environmental issues are starting to arise in the public consciousness, calling for every individual to question their role in helping the planet at large.

While much focus is placed on the meat industry with documentaries and grassroots groups “sprouting” up globally to curb corporate tyranny over the food industry, the welfare of the oceans cannot afford to be ignored.

One of the key issues is the overfishing of marine life without sustainability measures in place.

Why overfishing is a problem

Millions of people the world over rely on fish and other seafood as a core part of their diet. With the demand for fresh seafood rising with population growth, catching fish every day to follow suit is producing a devastating result on marine eco systems.

Breeding is struggling to keep up with the market, with select fish populations declining.

This has also become an issue with the oceanic eco system at large, as marine biology is being forced to restructure at a rate that may have taken thousands of years to get to where it is now. Overfishing wreaks havoc on this “circle of life” and may lead to the complete downfall of entire species as breeding fails to keep up with human appetites.

On a social level, marginalised groups dependant on seafood for their diets as well as their livelihood (such as struggling fishermen and small coastal villages) may lose their key source of income and nutrition.

With these consequences in mind, fisheries, corporations, and nations have begun to implement fishing guidelines and limitations in a bid to curtail overfishing practices and give the ocean the opportunity to repopulate the seas once more.

What you can do to help

While this information may seem overwhelming, everyone can play a small role in being part of the solution. This can be achieved by ensuring that you purchase your seafood from a distributor that adheres to sustainability guidelines and is fully certified to prove their position.

Cannings sources its Barramundi, salmon, prawns and complete selection of seafood items from fishing groups that are local and adhere to standards that limit daily catches. The Australian location of their activities means that you can be confident your fish is being obtained under strict Australian legal standards as well as from pristine locations where they can grow in a healthy environment.

Our Tasmanian salmon is also sourced from the Huon Valley, where fish farms that sit along the coast line breed salmon in ample space and feed them fish pellets that are made of forage fish (i.e. part of their natural diet). This winning combination has also garnered comparisons to a “fish spa”.

For more information on where we source our seafood as well as how you can order items and have them delivered to your door step, follow the link below. Be sure to make it a point to protect Australian eco systems (and the planet at large) by purchasing ethically sourced seafood that won’t cost the planet.