We May Be Committing Seafood Genocide But We Can Stop It. Here’s How.
Seafood is delicious, there’s no arguing on this. In Malaysia, one can tell how much we love seafood by just looking how easily it is to find seafood in any restaurant or food stall. Sweet and sour prawns, chili crab, butter sauce lobster, you name it and you will get it. Anytime we walk into the seafood aisle in the supermarket we will find a vast variety of seafood up for our choosing. Nevertheless, there are certain seafood that just shouldn’t be laying in the market and on our plates. These are the seafood that are being consumed faster than they can reproduce.
As consumers and more importantly, as human being, we owe the world and ourselves a moral obligation and duty to make a conscious decision to not commit seafood genocide.
After all, why pick those species that are going into extinction when we have such a wide range of other choices that are more sustainable?
SOS - Save Our Seafood
In its effort to conserve the marine lives, WWF-Malaysia has initiated a campaign called Save Our Seafood. This campaign is referred to as SOS and rightly so. The species that are being overfished are indeed sending out a signal to call for help - a cry for us to wake up from ignorance.
WWF-Malaysia recognises that it may be difficult for consumers to identify what seafood we should avoid consuming and what are safe to eat. Therefore, it has published a concise and comprehensive booklet on the types of seafood that we can consume to our heart’s delight, that we need to think twice before eating and that we need to avoid eating.
Here are some of the red-listed seafood that we might be committing genocide against without us even realising.
Yes, those “underwater flying-carpets” are decreasing faster than we can grill them into the perfect brown (which taste is divine when served with the proper mix of sauces). No matter how delicious they can be, we can never be justified in wiping out the entire specie to satisfy our urge to commit gluttony.
A commotion always ensue when you see a group of people eating crabs at a restaurant. Perhaps that’s the reason that there are many who prefer soft-shell crabs which save them from the troubles of breaking down the crabs’ defense. The sad truth is soft-shell crabs are red-listed seafood too so we should avoid eating them. Moreover, there’s always the sensation of being rewarded after we get to eat the flesh of a normal crab after cracking the shell and it is equally delicious too. So let us stick to these tough shell crabs.
The dark ink and somewhat quirky tentacles of a squid have never really stop us from loving it. Squid appears in most of the menus here in Malaysia so it should not come as a surprise to us that it is a red-listed seafood too when we put two and two together. Now’s the time to stop.
“Under the sea, nobody beat us, fry us, eat us… Ya we in luck here” was what the crab Sebastian sang in the Disney movie, Little Mermaid. The song will soon not hold any truth if we don’t start thinking twice about what seafood we are putting into our belly.
Download the Save Our Seafood booklet on the left!