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Your holiday guide to eating F.I.S.H.

(19/07/2016) F is for Fun. Few things in life are more pleasant than a nice Fish meal on the sea Front with Friends and Family after a lazy day in the sun. But how relaxed can you be about the Fish you are being served? Should we rather eat Farmed seafood? Can you tell your children that their Fish is Fit to eat?

I is for Information.

If you check out our list, you will find the 36 North-East Atlantic fisheries that are sustainable today including haddock from the North Sea or herring from the Irish Sea. In the Mediterranean Sea, Bluefin tuna, heavily overexploited until recently, is now another safe bet. Moreover, several organisations produce guides for different countries in the EU, listing recommended seafood products. If you are the connected type, you can get an app that will tell you if the fish on offer is local and whether or not it is sustainably fished. If you still prefer face-to-face to interface, ask the restaurant chef: is the fish seasonal? Is it local? Is it sustainably fished? No smartphone required. Or if you are buying your fish at the market, new EU labelling guidelines will tell you where the fish comes from. Some producers certify the origin of their fish and give you peace of mind on its sustainable origin.

S is for Size.

Which does matter. Because overfishing is bad as it is, without the added evil of fishing or consuming undersized fish: young specimens that were taken out of the water too soon and never had a chance to reproduce. When in doubt, use our ruler showing the minimum sizes for Mediterranean fish. And if size matters, so does season. Just like fruit and vegetables, seafood products can be in season or not, depending on their reproductive cycle. By avoiding eating, for instance, lemon sole, red gurnard, lobster or sardines in summer, we give those species time to reproduce and the stocks a chance to be renewed. We should also always consider the alternatives: there are quite a few lesser known species out there that you may have never tasted; and we can also diversify into farmed seafood, which is local, fresh and healthy. Thanks to the highest production standards in the world, fish farmed in the EU are safe for people, for the farmed species and for the environment.

H is for Health.  

Fish is universally acclaimed as a healthy component of our diet. As we all know it is rich in protein, but its prime value lies in the fact that it contains clusters of brain-specific nutrients, the omega-3 fats, which our body cannot produce and must get from the diet. These fats, DHA and EPA, affect mental health throughout our life cycle. Fish also helps regulate blood pressure (thus reducing the risks of heart attack) and blood sugar, which is good for weight loss and diabetes. It is a source of vitamins and minerals; it helps combat osteoporosis; …. Should we go on? If you are concerned about heavy-metal poisoning, know that fish sold in the EU is systematically checked for contamination and immediately taken off the market in the rare dubious cases. Last but not least, fish is quick and easy to cook, making it one of the healthiest forms of fast food!
So, don’t stop consuming fish; we should keep eating it, and eating lots of it. It is a renewable source and consumed wisely, we will be able to enjoy fish for generations to come.

If you want to know more about what the EU is doing to counter overfishing in the Mediterranean, follow #MedFish4ever and visit the website

Happy holidays!

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