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Why is sustainable fishing important?

Jun 28, 2021Knowledge

Sustainable fishing is really important to us?

At mmmediterranean sustainable fishing is very important. We have been providing the best quality seafood products to star chefs and restaurants in the United states for more than 20 years. Our quality goal doesn’t stop here; we love seafood as much as we love the sea itself, which is why we make sure our products are handled in ways that don’t damage the seafloor.

In this article, we will tell you everything about sustainable fishing methods and what we do to ensure our sea products answer to our standards in terms of environment and sustainability.

Sustainable fishing, what does that mean?

Some of you might think that there is no such thing as sustainable fishing. As soon as we fish, we take from the sea, which is not sustainable. On the contrary, industrial fishing methods paired with modern technology have made it easier for fishermen and fishing companies to fish more quantities and fish them way faster.

Sustainable fishing means that we leave enough fish in the ocean, we respect their habitats, we don’t damage or leave traces of our path in the seafloor, and we ensure that people who depend on fishing can maintain their livelihoods.

To sum it up, companies working closely with seafood must respect the environment and make sure species won’t be at risk and disappear while keeping the seafloor and habitats intact.

Sustainable fishing companies

How to measure Sustainable fishing?

There are 3 different parameters to measure the sustainability of fisheries, which is called “Fisheries Standard”. It is a science-based way to know if a company is considering using sustainable fishing methods or not.

No matter the size of the company, where it is located, or which method they used to fish, the Fisheries Sustainable Standard is able to tell if a company meets them or not.

These are the 3 standards:

1/ Is the fish stock sustainable?

This standard studies if there is enough fish of a particular species left in the ocean. We should be able to fish a species continuously and indefinitely if the fish population remains productive and healthy.
In other words, we should be able to fish without impacting the population and health of the fish that we catch.

2/ How is the impact on the environment?

When fishing, the companies use methods that don’t damage the seafloor so that other species and habitats within the ecosystem are kept healthy.

For example, fishing nets with weights that are pulled on the seafloor by boats are heavily damaging because they destroy everything in their way.

A good fishing practice is, for example, the “pot fishing” method used in catching octopus. This technique doesn’t impact the seafloor at all since the pot is simply dropped on the floor and then later pulled back up. This technique also has the benefit of zero by-catch, since you only catch the targeted species. This technique is also used for ejemple to catch langoustines, lobsters, and crabs.

How does pot and trap fishing works.

3/ The management of fisheries should answer to effective methods

All the operations after fishing should be managed effectively. For instance, the companies must comply with relevant laws and be able to adapt to any change happening to the environment.

These standards have to protect people that depend on fishing for a living. For example, a company that fishes with huge boats and uses industrial techniques will have a greater impact than small day-boats that fish using traditional ways with non-mechanical nets out of small villages off the mediterranean coast.

Mmmediterranean and Sustainable fishing

As previously stated in the introduction, on top of delivering high quality products, we also want to have products that are sustainably fished.

For this reason we carefully select our providers. We personally know every one of them as well as every company along the way. You can find more information here.

After 20 years of expertise in seafood imports to the United States, serving top Chefs and Restaurants, we are proud to select products that are fished in the most sustainable way.

We have learned a lot about fishing methods, their impact on the environment, and how to fix it. That’s why we work with different fishing companies to choose the best sea products.

We travel regularly to Spain and France to visit and choose our providers. On top of that, we test all our products to make sure they are delicious and sustainably fished.

mmmediterranean is part of Monterrey Bay Aquarium seafood watch program
mmmediterranean is a FishChoice supplier member Octopus, Shrimp, Calamari, Fishchoice.com
When you browse through our products, check out the “certification” area to see how we are rated with Seafood watch and Fishchoice.
Feel free to browse directly on the seafood watch program and Fishchoice website where you can find our products as well.

Conclusion

We hope that this article has enlightened you on sustainable fishing methods and helped you to decide which company to buy your products from.

At mmmediterranean, we love seafood and the sea. It is important for us to have quality sea products as well as products that are sustainably fished.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, feel free to talk to us.

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