Stopping eating fish for me was challenging to begin. I didn’t just love the taste of fish, it was all about the freshness, being caught from the sea and on my plate for dinner seemed like a very natural process, and the sea is full of beautifully healthy fish that is right for us to eat, surely? Or so I thought…
I also heavily believed that fish provided great nutritional benefits that are a big challenge to get elsewhere; protein, omega 3, oils etc. It took a fair bit of reading to really uncover what is going on with our oceans.
However, this isn’t my main reason for stopping eating these beauties. More importantly was the fact that fish actually have comparable nervous systems to mammals so the ‘humane’ ways that we kill fish is atually pretty damn horrendous and our overfishing situation is disasterous and almost irreversible.
Therefore, if you’re interested in learning more about the research and findings I have come across regarding fish consumption, please read on 🙂 I’ve split this up into 3 focus areas; health, environmental and cruelty.
Dolphins in Sunshine beach, Queensland
- We take apx 1 trillion fish from the oceans + millions of farmed fish per year
- People today eat apx 2x the amount of fish that they did 50 years ago (Fishfeed.en)
- Apx 40% of what is caught in the seas is ‘by catch’ and therefore thrown away
- Over 40 years there has been a decrease in recorded marine species by 39%
- Illegal and unregulated fishing is apx 28% of fishing worldwide
- 30% of fish stocks commercially fished are overfished
It is estimated that 90% of our fish in our seas will be gone by 2048. This is already evident as, for example, restaraunteers in Japan are travelling to Sydney’s fish markets each day to buy their stocks as their own seas are depleted.
Health wise …What do I now think I’ve done a hell of a lot of reading?
I don’t think eating fish is healthy for humans, especially not on a regular basis. Why?
Type A: Farmed fish: live in tiny enclosed spaces, illness is rife and they are consuming each other’s excretemwnts on a daily basis.
Type B: Wild caught: our sea is full of pollutants. In addition, the fishing industry adds to this mass of horrendous
The Protein Confusion
Thinking that we need a lot of protein in our diet is a common misconception, which I toucher deeper on in my article: The Reality of Protein
Quote from world famous Nutrition doctor, Dr John Mc Dougall is, ”there has never been a case of protein deficiency when somebody has a sufficient amount of calories”
Dr. Pamela ”we don’t need much protein and too much animal protein causes issues including liver stress, heart disease and cancer”
Another area I’ve done some reading on and it could be one to worry about if you eat fish regularly.
I really believed that fish didn’t feel pain in the way that the likes of cows, chickens and pigs do. However, from research it is shown that their sensory system is very similar to that of mammals.
When on a fishing trip in Belize I properly watched fishing being caught, skinned alive & killed. It made me feel sad and sick. This was a pretty groundbreaking few days in my life where I really took a step back and thought about the fishing situation. Despite this I did still eat lobster that night, tuna the following week and salmon for several more months.
After realising what the process is for killing a fish and that it can’t possibly be humane (I don’t believe there is any such thing as humane death aside from euthanasia) I have no idea how I kept eating fish for several months after when there are so many cheaper, easier alternatives.
I’m a massive sushi fan. However, I’ve learnt to make new, plant based versions and not only is it healthier and just as yummy but it is far cheaper and easier to make. No more needing to worry about keeping it for too long and it going off
Mission Blue is an awesome documentary about our oceans, led by Sylvia Earle who was an oceanographer for 60 years. She talks about how much the oceans have changed during her career.
Also worth checking out ‘Fed Up’ documentary