Marine waste is becoming an increasingly pressing problem. Fishing also has an impact on our marine environment, and it’s not just fish stocks that are affected. Sensitive habitats, endangered species and the marine food chain need to be maintained to keep the oceans healthy and productive. The impacts are complex, hard to measure and vary from one fishery to the next.
Unfortunately, one out of every three fisheries in the world is not sustainable, which means that fishermen are not leaving enough adult fish behind to reproduce and replace what has been taken from the sea.
For 20 years the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) has been part of a team effort, working to keep oceans healthy and full of life.
What is the MSC?
The MSC is the global gold standard for sustainable fishing, and is an international non-profit organisation addressing the problem of unsustainable fishing, and safeguarding seafood supplies for the future. MSC certified fisheries meet robust requirements for fish stocks, ecosystem impacts and effective management. They are also encouraged to develop new ways to conserve the marine environment for future generations.
Sea Harvest’s South African Cape Hake products proudly carry the blue MSC logo, assuring consumers of environmentally responsible fishery management and sound practices and products that have not contributed to the worldwide problem of overfishing. You can enjoy our hake with a clear conscience. Read more about our endorsements here: http://bit.ly/2ycxtzS.
We strictly ensure that the fish and the ocean are not disrupted more than is necessary. We have voluntarily decided to only trawl for hake in areas that have been trawled previously, so they are not disturbing new parts of the ocean bed all the time.
Did you know?
- Planting a tree and reducing pollution by using solar energy fights global warming. This helps prevent warming of the oceans.
- Motor oil that washes off tar roads into rivers and oil that is dumped in waterways ends up in the ocean.
- One litre of oil can contaminate up to a million litres of water.
Preventing marine pollution is essential for the well-being of marine life and the ocean. Here’s how you can do your bit to reduce marine pollution:
- Never pour used motor oil or other hazardous liquids down a sewer or storm drain where they eventually wash into rivers and oceans.
- Eat sustainable seafood. Look for labels and terms like sustainably caught” or “sustainably harvested”.
- Use reusable plastic products.
- Buy ocean-friendly products.
Let’s work together and do our bit to Help secure a healthy future for our oceans!