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What are your plans for Earth Hour 2013, How about switching over to sustainable seafood?
Ocean Jewels would love to hear more about your sustainable fishy dinner for this Earth hour, in fact if you send us a couple of pics and perhaps a recipe or short description, we’ll enter you into a draw to win an Ocean Jewels gift voucher to spend on any sustainable seafood items of your choice.
We have a great selection of sustainable seafood at the moment, pop into the Neighbourgoods market on Saturday, select you favourites, invite a couple of lucky friends over, take a few pics and send them to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You’ll help raise awareness for sustainable seafood and you’ll have a fabulous dinner
Below is some information on the sustainable seafood we’ll have available on Saturday. Check out our next post for some recipes ideas
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) is an open ocean fish, rarely found near reefs. It is a relatively long-lived tuna species (maximum age of 9 years). The tuna has been caught using pole-and-line which puts it on SASSI’s green list. Pole-and-line is a highly selective fishing method, which has little to no impact on the marine environment. This fishing method uses a rigid pole (2 – 3 meters), which is attached to feathered jig which contains a barbless hook. Connecting these two is a short piece of line. There is very little bycatch in this fishery, occasionally sharks and seabirds will be captured but are mostly alive and subsequently released. There is no impact on bottom habitats.
Yellowtail (Seriola lalandi) are found in warm temperate and subtropical waters around the world. It is well-known South African species and is the second most commonly caught species in the linefishery after snoek. Yellowtail are a large, pelagic schooling species which undergo unpredictable seasonal migrations. They are a resilient and fast-growing species with high fecundity (fertility), reaching sexual maturity after 2-3 years. Their nomadic lifestyle makes them less vulnerable to overfishing.
The rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is a freshwater species native to the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America. The fish are often called salmon trout. Trout are farmed in a variety of ways in South Africa (cage culture, onland recirculating tanks, raceways) and are on SASSI’s green list.
There are two species of Cape hake, the deepwater Cape hake (Merluccius paradoxus) and the shallow-water Cape hake (Merluccius capensis). Both species are members of the Merlucciidae family of cod-like fishes, which are some of the most popular whitefish species in the world. The deepwater hake, along with the shallow-water hake, is the most economically important species in South African fisheries. It is also marketed as ‘haddock’ in South Africa. Hake caught by the trawl fishery is on SASSI’s green list as the fishery has achieved MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certification since 2005, including successful re-certification in 2010.
Angelfish (Brama brama) is a member of the Bramidae family and is found across the world in temperate waters. Angelfish are an oceanic epi-pelagic (0-200m) species and rarely venture near land. They are relatively slow-growing but because there is no targeted fishery for this species, stocks are considered to be healthy. Angelfish is on SASSI’s green list.
Look out for our next post with recipe ideas.