Did you know that a recent award winning film called 'End of the Line' predicts there will be no commercial species of fish left in the oceans by 2048 as a result of over-fishing. The movie highlights the plight of marine species the world over. Australian fisheries, whilst not as bad as those in the northern hemisphere, are still in bad shape. You can do something about it. Community groups from around the Surf Coast are aligning with Conservation Enterprises Unlimited (and using the ACF's seafood assessment) to turn this situation around. We want to make the SurfCoast the Sustainable Seafood Coast.
Signs such as the one shown above, which was taken from a Torquay Restaurant will then become a thing of the past-quickly! We need your help to create the change. Whenever any of you are planning to eat out at a cafe, restaurant or are purchasing seafood from a fish monger. Can you ask the following two questions- regardless of whether you intend to eat seafood:
Can you please tell me where your fish (seafood) comes from (ie. locally, interstate, overseas)?
Is that fish (seafood) caught from a Sustainable Fishery? (Make sure the person serving you asks either the owner or the chef/cook to provide you with an answer.)
Spread the word. Ask your friends and family to do the same thing.
This will be an ongoing campaign. It is an easy way to apply pressure to those businesses to think about the issue of sustainability. Equally important, you will get an understanding of where that owner sits in relation to being an ethical vendor.