Are You Going to Eat That?

Part A: Irresponsible Fishing Practices

Several types of irresponsible fishing practices contribute to the threat against sustainable seafood. In order to meet consumer demands, the fishing industry sometimes uses techniques that are harmful to fisheries and marine ecosystems. However, conscientious seafood consumers can help to change this. Slight changes in seafood purchasing habits can make an enormous impact on the effort to curb losses in marine biodiversity and to increase seafood sustainability.

  1. Watch the video The end of fish?, in which Brian Halweil, a senior researcher at the Worldwatch Institute [new], provides tips about responsible seafood consumption.

    Checking In

    Answer the following question to check your understanding of the information provided in the video.

    • Why should you choose smaller fish when eating seafood?
    WWF Interactive Seafood Menu
    Menu courtesy of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
  2. Peruse the Fish Dish Menu to take a virtual behind-the-scenes tour of some of the irresponsible fishing practices that put food on your plate.
    • NOTE: While the information presented in the menu is factual, be aware that the message is an emotional one and intended to be somewhat shocking.
    • Click on "Vocabulary Help" below for definitions of a few new terms you will encounter in the menu. As you read the menu, keep track of any other unfamiliar words you come across. Look up their meanings in the Fisheries Glossary, in a dictionary, or by doing an Internet search.

    Checking In

    Answer the following questions about the information provided in the Fish Dish Menu.

    • What types of irresponsible fishing practices were identified in the menu?
    • Have you ever eaten any of the types of fish on the menu?