Do you know if the seafood that you eat are from sustainable sources? It’s important for us to choose sustainable seafood to overcome the dwindling number of fishes in the sea due to overfishing and increased consumption.
However, sustainable seafood is not only for humans. At S.E.A. Aquarium, we’re working towards getting all our animal feed from sustainable sources.
With more than 100,000 marine animals to feed, about 450 kg of food is required per day. One manta ray needs to eat about 4 kg of krill a day. Imagine how much food other similarly large animals need to eat.
The food that we feed our marine animals include krill, squid, prawns, cockles, mussels, crabs, zoo plankton, aquaculture pellets, tuna, mackerel and other fishes.
What is sustainable seafood for marine animals?
At S.E.A. Aquarium, we receive our supply of feed from fisheries which capture fishes from the wild and aquaculture sources whose farms rear fish, shrimps, oysters or other marine animals.
A sustainable fishery is mindful of the fish population in the long run. It understands the population of adult and juvenile fish in the wild, the reproduction periods of these marine animals in the wild and other information to avoid overfishing. It would also follow guidelines by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
A sustainable aquaculture farm is mindful of the environment in all aspects of its operations from its feed and the population of its farmed marine animals to the waste resulting from its farms.
Challenges of a fully sustainable feed source
As S.E.A. Aquarium requires a lot of feed, it is important for us to obtain all of our feed from sustainable food sources.
Still, there are challenges to overcome. We freeze our feed to kill bacteria before giving them to our marine animals.
Another important point about sourcing for sustainable seafood is that we find sources that are close to us to reduce the carbon footprint of our feed.
We are identifying sources in Southeast Asia and the Pacific for our feed. However, some types of feed, such as krills, can only be found further away from the region so our supply will continue to come from the original sources.
Find out more about how you can help protect the ocean and marine life by eating sustainable seafood:
- Where did that fish come from?
- Should you eat tuna? Scallops? Abalone?
- Sharks – predator or prey?
- Don’t eat tiger prawns. Eat mud crabs