Fisheries policies are being developed continually
Canada’s DFO is working on salmon policies and cod recovery policies, along with environmental and fishing policies that indirectly affect both those species.
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Join fish and ocean protection organizations
There are many national and international organizations that are working to protect aquatic ecosystems.
There are also many local and regional organizations that are working to protect habitats and aquatic organisms.
Consider volunteering or donating to organizations that are working on these issues.
Ready for alternatives to fish?
Overfishing, pollution, climate change, habitat destruction, and invasive species have taken a toll on fish and other aquatic life. With the human population increasing, the pressures on aquatic life will increase, unless we all do our part to change our impacts on these ecosystems (and change the trajectory of the human population).
Omega-3 fatty acids in fish
Many people eat fish not because they like the taste of fish but because they have been told that fish is a healthy food. That is because some fish have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
But did you know that these fatty acids originate lower down in the food chain – in algae? You can actually get these fatty acids directly from algae with nutritional supplements. A search on vegan omega-3 supplements will yield many results.
Alternatives to seafood
There are many alternatives to seafood now, and there will be more in the future. Vegan and vegetarian versions of seafood are widely available today. Gardein makes breaded fish fillets and crab cakes. Loma Linda and Worthington make tuna alternatives.
Sophie’s Kitchen makes fish fillets, shrimp, tuna, salmon, and crab cakes. New Wave makes shrimp for restaurants. Good Catch Foods makes fish and crab cakes and fish burgers. Caviart makes caviar. Many Asian groceries have seafood alternatives from Taiwan. These can also be ordered online from Lily’s Vegan Pantry.
Several companies are also working on growing seafood in factories using animal cells, which is similar to how beer is brewed and yoghurt is made. These companies are working on producing shrimp, Bluefin tuna, salmon, caviar, and other seafood. Soon, you could see their products in stores and restaurants. In a decade or two, they may be the main sources of seafood available at the grocery store, in restaurants, and seafood markets.