[quote=“sandman”][quote=“elburro”]I’m a big seafood eater with 3~4 fish meals per week, but I’d like to eat seafood that is sustainable. With shark fin soup being a frequent meal at Taiwanese weddings, and bluefin tuna in every sushi store, I think it’s pretty obvious that endangered fish is served all over Taiwan.
I was able to find a guideline from WWF for buying sustainable seafood, but have had no luck finding a similar guideline for Taiwan. Anyone?[/quote]
Difficult one. You could always just stick to local aquaculture produce such as milkfish, grouper, tilapia, tiger shrimp, stuff like that, but then of course you’re contributing to the rape of Taiwan’s coastal regions created by those aquaculture ponds and the pollution they cause – not to mention the health aspect of consuming fish fed on god-knows-what kinds of chemical nasties.
I eat a lot of fish too, usually salmon (farmed, imported from Norway, available in Carrefour) and the rest is bought from a wee local man and his Nepalese wife from a morning stall at Bitan. You never know what you’re going to get, but that’s half the fun, and the stuff is ultra-fresh.
More important from your point of view, he only sells line-caught fish. I don’t know if all of them are sustainable or not, but from what I understand, line-caught is considered far more responsible than other fishing methods.[/quote]
Line-caught is generally sustainable as long as it’s not pelagic longline, which Taiwanese fleets are often very guilty of. Pelagic longline has mile-long lines, with 1000s of razorsharp hooks and sits on/near the surface, resulting in sea turtles, seabirds etc becoming unwanted bycatch.