To help combat this problem, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has recently unveiled a new Seafood Slavery Risk Tool. It’s a database designed to help corporate seafood buyers assess the risk of slavery, human trafficking and hazardous child labor in the seafood they purchase, and therefore put pressure on fisheries to reduce these practices.
Don’t count on it! There are still plenty of ways for fisheries to avoid being identified as at risk of slavery. The only sure way to end slavery in fishing is to end fishing. Ending fishing would have the added advantage of saving the world’s fisheries, which are predicted to collapse in thirty years if fishing isn’t stopped.
The best way to end fishing is for everyone to stop eating fish. This would have another little recognized advantage – people would be healthier! Despite all the hype about the benefits of fish oil, it turns out that this was wishful thinking. Fish comes loaded with cholesterol and some saturated fat, plus unfortunately a lot of toxic pollutants, so it really isn’t as good for our health as we’ve all been led to believe. It’s time to give up eating fish!