FISH & SEAFOOD SPECIES LOCATER
Are these fish available all year round ?
Availabilities of particular specials are seasonal, and can not be caught all year round. What we find however is that due to the variance in climates from the cold waters of New Zealand to the tropic waters of North Queensland, Sub species variance does exist and we can offer alternative species/ subspecies of a particular Fish/ Fresh Seafood product.
In an ever expanding world where golbal populations are reaching new hights and natrual recource levels new lows, It is fundamental and also our responsibilty to do our best in aiding the sustainability of our oceans and its inhabitants.
WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD?
Put simply, 'sustainable seafood' is fish or shellfish that reaches our plates with minimal impact upon fish populations or the wider marine environment. It's not just the numbers of fish left in the ocean that matters, it's the way in which the fish are caught, the impact on the seafloor, other marine wildlife and how fishing affects the healthy and natural functioning of marine ecosystems.
Globally, we still have some way to go in achieving sustainable fisheries; poor management, lack of knowledge and the race to make a buck from fishing has led to overfishing and too high a burden on other ocean inhabitants. Bycatch, where species other than those being targeted for sale are caught up in fishing gear, kills hundreds of millions of animals every year, including unwanted fish, corals, turtles, dolphins and seabirds.
Fortunately, there is now growing demand for sustainable seafood - seafood caught or farmed responsibly, at fishing levels that allow fish stocks to maintain their populations and without jeopardising the ecosystem in which they live.
Sustainable seafood can be wild-caught or farmed in aquaculture. For wild-caught fish, sustainable seafood is generally sourced from fast-growing, highly productive species that are caught by methods which don't damage ocean habitats or catch large volumes of non-target species. Sustainably farmed seafood is usually grown in small, closed aquaculture systems that neither destroy coastal habitats, or depend on wild caught fisheries for feed.
Very few fisheries are actually certified as sustainable throughout the world. The uncomfortable truth is that fishing is taking a huge toll on our oceans. Our global marine wildlife is under pressure from overfishing, destructive fishing gear and poor aquaculture practices. Not only are modern fisheries removing many of the fish from the sea, but non-target marine wildlife and ocean habitats are being destroyed in the process.
Thankfully, consumer demand for sustainable, environmentally friendly fish products is beginning to create momentum for a change in the way our fisheries and managed and caught.
Australia's Sustainable Seafood Guide helps you take the first steps on the journey of discovering sustainable seafood.
References 1 UN FAO The State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012
Australian Sustainable Seafood
Huon Aquaculture, Tasmania
These Ocean Farmed Pens hold Tasmanias Premium Huon Salmon and Ocean trout. This is a prime example of how we have addressed the world demand without tapping into wild resources.