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Singapore Seafood Guide: Your guide to sustainable eating!

February 28, 2010

Singapore is one of the biggest seafood consumers in Asia-Pacific with an average of 100,000 tonnes of seafood consumed each year. Therefore Singapore has an important role to play in the conservation and sustainability of marine resources.

In an opinon poll commissioned by WWF 80% of those Singaporeans asked said they would either stop eating seafood or reduce the amount of seafood they ate if they were made aware it was being unsustainably harvested.

WWF Singapore has come up with the Singapore Seafood guide to give consumers and business the information they need to make sustainble seafood choices – to have the facts about where the fish on your plate comes from.

The guide respresents a starting point for WWF to work alongside Singaporeans to help preserve our fish stocks for the future.

Here’s how the WWF Singapore Seafood Guide works:

It uses a simple traffic light system to colour code seafood: GREEN – recommended eating choice; YELLOW – only eat occasionally; and RED – avoid eating. Click here to find out more.

It is important to know where our seafood comes from, this is because fisheries are managed differently in different parts of the world – some sustainably, some not. It is also important because the majority of seafood in Singapore is imported and most of it comes from a unique and fragile marine ecosystem on our doorstep known as the Coral Triangle.

The Coral Triangle has huge importance commercially and scientifically as well as representing livelihoods for millions of people. It is also a place of great natural beauty. But right now to satisfy our demand for seafood we are taking fish out of the ocean faster than they can be replenished and if this continues it will lead to the collapse of our fish stocks.

The WWF Singapore Seafood Guide is one element of the broad and far reaching marine conservation work of the WWF network which promotes sustainable seafood by working along the entire ‘change of custody’ – from the ocean to the plate.

As well consumers WWF Singapore will be working alongside retailers, hotels, restaurants and traders to raise awareness of sustainable seafood – seafood that is farmed and fished responsibly!

Click here to download your copy of the Singapore Seafood Guide

Click here where you can pick up a copy of the Singapore Seafood Guide

Click here to find out how to use your Singapore Seafood Guide

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