Recently I was invited by the Marine Stewardship Council to attend a session to learn about the MSC label and to taste some amazing seafood. I was thrilled to be included since I often do worry about what our fish and seafood population will be like for the next generation. Will they have delicious sushi to munch on like we do now? What if there are no more shrimp or salmon? I am glad I am not the only person that worries about this and there is a whole council that is concerned about the population of seafood. Let me introduce you to the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) if you are not familiar with them.
The Marine Stewardship Council is a non-profit, international ecolabel and fishery certification program that recognizes and rewards sustainable fishing practices. It is not about quality of the product. Their goal is to reward and recognize fisheries and companies that have sustainable and traceable fish products with audit trails that come from fisheries that do not over fish and engage in only sustainable fishing practices. This is so refreshing to see and I am excited to know that fisheries are thinking about over fishing.
A lot of big brands actually are MSC certified like McDonald’s and IKEA! It would be great to see more businesses small and big continue to get certified by MSC. I encourage you to ask your local stores and restaurants if the seafood you are eating are MSC certified and continue to educate yourself.
The MSC Fisheries standard have three principles for environmental sustainability: Healthy fish stocks, Ecosystem impacts, and Effective Management. DNA testing shows 99.6% of MSC-labelled products are correctly labelled. Which is great news! No mislabeling here! The products that you see with a MSC label requires an ocean to plate trace-ability throughout the entire supply chain. Must have an audit trail! (This is serious business!) Nutritional supplement producers and even pet food manufacturers are eligible for MSC certification as long as the fish they use meets MSC requirements. HALO and Merrick currently have MSC-certified pet food products. It is great to see other facets of the food industry seriously considering their sustainability efforts. Way to go!
I am proud to be apart of this great initative and I am thrilled to be able to share and educate everyone a little more about MSC! I will be posting more stuff in the coming months so stay tuned!
Oh and we were also lucky enough to have Chef Charlotte Langley cook us some amazing seafood dishes that were UNREAL!! We also had the opportunity to chat with her about cooking seafood and the Marine Stewardship Council. Thanks to Sabrina, Celine and Chef Charlotte for having us at this event and I can’t wait to continue to be a “Wild One“!
Our Chat with Chef Charlotte Langley:
1) What is one tip you can give to cooks that are scared to cook seafood?
Trust your instincts and don’t move it around the pan. Just put it in the pan, and let it do its thing. As soon as it’s ready to come away from the pan, it will want to do that, you’ll see it. The things outside of the skin gets a bit crispy, it starts to pull off and if you look at it it wants to come off. So just go for it.
2) Why is it important for you to educate people on MSC blue fish label?
MSC Blue Fish Label is a certification process, that means… it is true traceability when it comes to sourcing, buying and serving seafood. If you want to eat seafood in 15-20 years I would say being mindful of it and educating yourself now, if not before, is a really good call. Trusting the MSC blue label guarantees that your sourcing from a well place and that’s something you can do very easily.
Amen sister! Can’t say it any better!
Do you have any questions about the MSC? Comment below and let me know!