SEAFOOD AND THE ENVIRONMENT
A healthy protein that provides us with essential Omega-3 fatty acids and selenium, seafood has been an important part of the human diet since the beginning. Worldwide aquatic ecosystems made seafood the ultimate renewable resource for countless coastal communities, and was so important it became a part of their respective religions and cultural fabric. However, with the onset of the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century and the introduction of industrial scale fishing in the mid 20th century, a tremendous strain has been placed on the marine and freshwater environments. Over fishing, ocean acidification from carbon emissions, coastal development, dams and pollution all cause damage to aquatic ecosystems and are contributing to the decline – and in some instances collapse – of fisheries worldwide.
Thankfully there has been great progress in understanding the impacts modern society has on the environment, and sweeping changes are happening to commercial industries across the board. The seafood industry is no different, as the growing demand for seafood procured in an environmentally and socially responsible way has led to immense improvements in fishing and aquaculture. The expert staff at ABS is committed to helping our customers make the best choices for their business, their customers, and the planet. We have plenty of options available for the environmentally conscious seafood buyer, let us help you navigate the waters towards a better future!