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Avoid eating endangered fish

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Avoid eating over-fished and threatened fish species.

Increasing our awareness of which fish are being harvested to the brink of extinction can help us modify our fish eating and buying habits and cease plundering an invisible ecosystem that is in a state of stress and serious decline. Becoming aware of the impact of caged fisheries on our estuaries, bays, oceans, pond systems and wetlands will help us make informed choices next time we are at the fishmongers.

How to do it now!

Eat sustainable fish species. Species least endangered and a better choice for eating include:

Better choice for eating Also marketed as:
Australian Salmon  
Blue Swimmer Crab, Sand Crab, Bluey, Blue Manta Crab
Bream  
Calamari, Cuttlefish, Octopus, Squid  
Flathead  
King George Whiting Black Whiting, South Australian Whiting, Spotted Whiting
Leatherjacket Ocean Jacket, Seine Boat jacket, Silver flounder, Chinaman, Yellow Jacket, Triggerfish, Butterfish
Mullet Blue-tail, Fan-tail, Flicker, Umping, Nano, Sand, Yellow-eye
Mulloway Butterfish, King Jewfish, Kingfish, River Kingfish
Trevally  
Western Rock lobster Western Australian Crayfish, Western Cray
Whiting Sand, Eastern School, Western School, Stout (Winter), Trumpeter, Western Trumpeter, Yellowfin
Yellow-tail Kingfish Kingfish, Tasmanian Yellowtail, Kingie, Yellowtail
Abalone  
Blue Mussel Mussel
Crayfish Marron, Redclaw, Yabby
Oysters  


Fish species that are overfished and endangered and to be avoided include:

Overfished Also marketed as
Blue Warehou Trevally, Sea Bream, Snotty Trevalla
Commercial Scallop (Bas Strait) Southern Scallop
Deepwater Shark Flake, Boneless Fillet
Eastern Gemfish Hake, King Couta, Silver Kingfish
Orange Roughy Deep Sea Perch, Sea Perch
Oreos (black, smooth, spiky, warty) Dory, Deep Sea Dory, Spotted Dory
Redfish Nannygai, Red Snapper
School Shark Flake, Tope, Boneless Fillet
Silver Travally White Travally
Southern Bluefin Tuna Tuna
Also avoid vulnerable and heavily fished species  
Bigeye Tuna Tuna, Bigeye
Broadbill Swordfish Swordfish
Sharks & Rays Flake, Boneless Fillet, Stingray flaps
Yellowfin Tuna – Wider Pacific Ocean Tuna

 

Source: Australian Marine Conservation Society

Other organisations working towards a sustainable fishing industry include:

Australian Marine Conservation Society is Australia's only national charity dedicated exclusively to protecting ocean wildlife and their homes.

OceanWatch Australia is a national environmental, not-for-profit company that works to achieve sustainability in the Australian seafood industry by protecting and enhancing fish habitats, improving water quality and advancing the sustainability of fisheries through action based partnerships with the Australian seafood industry, government, natural resource managers, business and the community. Visit their website to get involved and informed.

Save our Marine Life is a growing community of people and organisations working to protect our unique marine life. Visit their website and add your voice to protect Australia's unique South West marine life by establishing a network of large marine sanctuaries.

Why is this action important?

Establishing a sustainable balance in our harvesting of wild fisheries is essential to ward off the possibility of species collapse and the ramifications this may have on our ocean, estuary and river ecosystems. To treat the ocean as a "magic pudding" while defiling the rivers and estuaries where fish breed and spawn is irresponsible and short sighted.