How much do you know about the seafood you’re buying at the market or ordering at a restaurant? Where did it come from? Was it wild or farmed? Is wild-caught healthier than farmed fish? Is it more sustainable to buy farmed fish? If it was farmed, what exactly does that mean?
These are just a handful of the many questions that come to mind when purchasing seafood. Chances are, you know what kind of fish you bought and it’s not too hard to find out if it was wild-caught or farmed, but how are you supposed to know what’s better for you and the planet?
Environmental engineer Dr. Ted Caplow and fish ecologist Dr. Andy Danylchuk travel to Turkey to learn more about aquaculture, or fish farming, and attempt to answer some of these important questions in their documentary, Fish Meat.
Fish Meat tells the story of aquaculture in Turkey, specifically, because it is a fishing nation that is running out of fish. To compensate, they have turned to aquaculture–an industry that has grown rapidly in the last two decades. For such a relatively small nation, there is a lot of variety in both the kinds of fish that are farmed and in the way they are farmed, ranging from brand new tuna ranching techniques to centuries-old carp farming methods.
In the film, Caplow says they “want to put together a picture of what sustainability means in Turkey now, and how that could apply to the rest of the world.”
Throughout Fish Meat, they visit several different fish farms, all with different farming methods, and compare the pros and cons of each. It’s an objective film–Caplow and Danylchuck aren’t trying to tell you what to eat, they’re simply trying to show you what’s out there and give you the best information to help you make informed decisions.
The take-away message? The best fish farms are the ones that use the least energy, create the least pollution, and produce fish lower on the food chain. So the next time you’re at the market, try buying tilapia or carp instead of salmon or tuna.
Watch the following trailer to see what it’s all about:
To learn more:
- Connect with Fish Navy Films, the company behind Fish Meat, on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest!
- Check out their blog about sustainable seafood and ocean heath
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