Sustainable Seafood Week

What is GoodFish? Who are we? and what do we do?


VIDEO: Program Ambassador Ben Shewry and Sascha Rust talk about the GoodFish Project.

Our supporters care about eating sustainable seafood. For years, they contacted us with queries that went along the lines of:

“I love our oceans and I love eating seafood – how can I make a sustainable choice?”

So we developed Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide, which became Australia’s first online sustainability guide for seafood consumers in Australia.

16 years on, Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide has matured and become known as GoodFish.

We continue to independently assess 160+ species and fish stocks and have introduced a restaurant arm to the project, aiming to work together with chefs and connect them with sustainable fisheries.

What does sustainability mean to us?

GoodFish – Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide is entirely independent. So you can rest assured that our assessments and listings have not been greenwashed. There’s no government or industry funds or interests involved to influence our work.

Our sustainability assessments are based on a holistic approach to evaluating the environmental impact of Australian fisheries and aquaculture operations.

By holistic, we mean that we don’t just look at fish stocks, we also take into account the surrounding direct and indirect impacts fishing and aquaculture has on our oceans and environment.

The goal? Ensuring healthy oceans forever. 

Farmed shellfish like oysters, mussels and scallops are some of our most sustainable food options. Why? Compared to other forms of aquaculture, they require no additional feeding as they tend to draw their nutrients directly from the ocean currents in which they are grown. In this way, they create an incredibly direct link from sunshine to highly nutritious animal protein via plants (in the form of plankton). This of course means that shellfish don’t place any further burden on the environment.

What can you do to be more sustainable?

Looking to up your sustainability game this sustainable seafood week? Below are 3 tips for you:

  1. 1. Download the GoodFish Sustainable Seafood Guide to your smart phone
  2. 2. Hop onto the GoodFish website and familiarise yourself with green listed species
  3. 3. Support local restaurants that have pledged to only serve green-listed seafood. Find out about them in the GoodFish restaurant guide.

Looking for sustainable seafood recipes?

Flathead tacos, Spanish Mackerel on puree, South Indian mullet curry… sounds delicious doesn’t it?

All of the above species are green-listed in GoodFish Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide.

Check out sustainable seafood recipes at SBS Food.

Are you a chef or seafood supplier?

If you are an Australian chef, fishmonger or fisher, get in contact with our program manager through the contact form on our website.

We take care of our community and would love you to be a part of it!

Keep up to date with the GoodFish community on social!

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So what does this all mean, and what does it mean for you? Aquaculture is a relatively new industry with a bright future but in some cases it still has a long way to go. Theoretically, aquaculture and fish farming can, and should be a more efficient way of growing food with less environmental impacts compared to land-based animal agriculture. However, the sustainability credentials and technology right now remain significantly varied from fish farm to fish farm and farmed species must be assessed on a case by case basis.

For you at home, remember that we are doing this work for you, and GoodFish: Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide currently assesses 92% of species available on the seafood market, including all of the major aquaculture species. So if you are looking for a low impact, sustainable and delicious source of fish, why not try something farmed, just remember to check our guide.

See Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide, a free app available on IOS and Android, to help you decide when next you are choosing to buy seafood.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society’s GoodFish project is a community of chefs, restaurants, fishers and wholesalers who work towards supporting healthier oceans.

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