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Want to help protect our oceans? The next time you shop for seafood, try making the sustainable choice.
Climate change, plastic pollution and overfishing all put pressure on our delicate marine eco-systems, but it might be easier than you think to do your bit to help look after our oceans for future generations.
A simple way to get involved is to buy responsibly sourced seafood that comes from well managed farms and fisheries. This helps promote ethical ways of catching and producing fish and seafood, minimising our impact on the ocean by helping keep fish stocks and the wider marine eco-system healthy.
How can I support responsible farms and fisheries?
1. Choose MSC certified products
The next time you’re shopping for seafood, look for the blue Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) logo – it’s only given to wild fish and seafood that’s certified as sustainable. Did you know that 75% of Co-op wild-caught seafood products are MSC-certified?
2. Use the Good Fish Guide app
Stay up to date on which species of fish are the most and least sustainable with the Good Fish Guide from the Marine Conservation Society.
3. Eat more seasonal, local choices
The UK imports lots of seafood, but there are plenty of delicious options available from more local fisheries and farms. To see which fish are in season, see this guide from the Marine Conservation Society.
4. Shop at the Co-op
We’re one of the top retailers in the UK that sells sustainable fish. Plus, we’ve proudly worked with the Sustainable Seafood Coalition and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to create strict criteria for the labelling and sourcing of seafood.
Want to get some delicious inspiration for your next fish dish? Have a look at our recipes page.
5. Spread the word
One of the easiest and most effective ways to make seafood more sustainable is to spread the word and get even more of your community making ethical choices!
How is Co-op supporting sustainable farms and fishing?
Even though we’re one of the top retailers of sustainable fish, we want to do even more to help our oceans.
That’s why we’re working with Project UK, supporting eight different UK fisheries on the journey to sustainability. Plus, we’re members of the Global Ghost Gear initiative, to help combat the impacts of lost and abandoned fishing gear , and helping co-fund a project further researching the effects this pollution can cause on the environment.
We also work with our Scottish salmon farmers through the Co-op Irresistible salmon farming group, so you’ll know that when you’re eating, you’re enjoying a delicious piece of responsibly sourced fish that’s accredited by both RSPCA Assured and Global GAP.
Aisla Jones and Ellie Dixon
Fisheries & Aquaculture Manager and Environmental Specialist