I believe we should only consume seafood that’s either raised by sustainable practices or wild-caught—and BOTH wild and farm-raised seafood can be good …
won’t try not to eat anything that’s been overfished or comes from a country or region or company that doesn’t follow sustainable practices. But it isn’t easy. There’s so much information floating around (pun intended), some good and some not so good, that it can be increasingly challenging to know what seafood is OK to eat and what’s not—even for a mermaid like me.
I’ve written a number of articles on various topics related to sustainable fishing practices (you can read them by opening the “sustainablility” button in the menu above) as well as the emerging aquaculture industry and the health of our oceans. And while it’s all-consuming, for me, most people don’t have the time to investigate every single thing they eat … to find out where it’s from, if it was caught by sustainable methods or raised so.
Over the last year or so I’ve had some life-altering circumstances that led me to reevaluate everything … from how I was (or wasn’t) eating, how I was exercising, how I was behaving … basically, how I was living. And though I have never consumed much dairy or meat (beef, poultry, pork) I have always been a big supporter of the seafood industry and over the years have loved ordering seafood in restaurants and preparing it at home.
But the issue of sustainability took hold and once I started researching some of the species I was eating, I stepped away from eating any seafood at all …
I went back to “school” and got my certificate in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University’s online program and made the switch to veganism, for about three months. But, as we all evolve and are allowed to do so, I’ve reintroduced some seafood to my diet—and by some I mean a very selective, ethically sourced, sustainably managed select few … and it works for me. I still don’t eat any other animal proteins (beef, poultry, pork) nor will I ever. And I don’t eat dairy (except for the occasional hunk of French brie) … so I am a flexitarian following a (90 percent) plant-based diet and “flexing” my flexitarian self on occasion to include seafood in my diet. And so, if you want to know more about my journey, head over to the new blog I’ve launched (along with my favorite man) Gastro-Licious (dot) com and read about how we live a mostly delicious, plant-based lifestyle both in and out of the kitchen.
DISCLAIMER: I’m a writer and an editor. And I try my best to make sure every post is articulate and free from errors. However, being that I edit my own work—and it’s next to impossible to properly edit your own work—I admit, occasionally there may be an error or two I miss. But doing so doesn’t make me an idiot so don’t be mean. Just smile, pat yourself on the back for finding an error and be glad you’re not the only one who makes mistakes sometimes … yes, even mermaids slip up every now and then. xoxox