07 Oct Celebrating National Seafood Month
That’s right, take it all in: October is National Seafood Month! And it’s a great opportunity to support efforts such as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) campaign to help highlight consumer’s buying power to choose certified sustainable seafood and promote the health of our oceans.
Want to know more about MSC and what National Seafood Month is all about? Continue reading to find out more!
National Seafood Month: What It Means
National Seafood Month aims to educate consumers about the benefits of seafood consumption and sustainability. Seafood industry professionals gather throughout the month to share information about seafood with consumers. Consumers can learn more about the health benefits of seafood consumption, the environmental impact of the fishing industry, and how to prepare their favorite seafood dishes at home throughout October.
Who Is the Marine Stewardship Council?
The MSC is an independent non-profit that runs the world’s leading certification and ecolabeling program for sustainable fisheries. By implementing transparent supply chains, they reverse overfishing, combat illegal fishing, and prevent seafood fraud around the world. Seafood buyers, which includes both companies and consumers, can choose certified sustainable options with the blue MSC ecolabel.
In a study completed by Global Scan, MSC found out that 85% of people are concerned about the state of the ocean. 68% believe that the choices they make with regard to buying seafood could make a difference to the overall health of the oceans. 67% want to know that their fish can be traced back to a trusted source.
The goal of the MSC campaign is to create a general awareness of the MSC label; this label is only placed on products that are certified as being sustainably sourced.
The Benefits of Eating Seafood
Do you mean, besides being super tasty? Yes, fish and seafood have tons of benefits for your body, including the following:
- Fish provide essential nutrients. It does depend on which kind of fish you’re eating, but fish is a great source of vitamins A, B, and D!
- Heart health. Seafood is low in saturated fat and high in protein. Plus, fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that can aid in the reduction of heart attacks or strokes.
- Flex those joints: the omega-3 fatty acid found in fish also helps with reducing stiffness in joints.
Hopefully, this post helped you to understand why the Marine Stewardship Council Sustainability Program matters and why National Seafood Month helps in educating consumers. Eastern Fish Company always strives to deliver the highest quality seafood products at competitive prices to maintain a long-term relationship with our customers and suppliers. Contact us now to learn more about our sustainability program and order our seafood products!