Avoid eating endangered fish

Avoid eating over-fished and threatened fish species.

Increasing our awareness of which fish are being harvested to the brink of extinction can help us modify our fish eating and buying habits and cease plundering an invisible ecosystem that is in a state of stress and serious decline. Becoming aware of the impact of caged fisheries on our estuaries, bays, oceans, pond systems and wetlands will help us make informed choices next time we are at the fishmongers.

How to do it now! 

Eat sustainable fish species. Species least endangered and a better choice for eating include:
 Better choice for eating  Also marketed as:
 Australian Salmon  
 Blue Swimmer Crab, Sand Crab, Bluey, Blue Manta Crab
 Bream  
 Calamari, Cuttlefish, Octopus, Squid  
 Flathead  
 King George Whiting Black Whiting, South Austral;ian Whiting, Spotted Whiting
 Leatherjacket Ocean Jacket, Seine Boat Jacket, Silver Flounder, Chinaman, Yellow Jacket, Triggerfish, Butterfish
 Mullet Blue-tail, Fan-tail, Flicker, Umping, Nano, Sand, Yellow-eye
 Mulloway Butterfish, King Jewfish, Kingfish, River Kingfish
 Trevally  
 Western Rock Lobster Western Australian Crayfish, Western Cray
 Whiting Sand, Eastern School, Western School, Stout (Winter), Trumpeter, Western Trumpeter, Yellowfin
 Yellow-tail Kingfish Kingfish, Tasmanian Yellowtail, Kingie, Yellowtail 
 Abalone  
 Blue Mussel  Mussel
 Crayfish  Marron, Redclaw, Yabby
 Oysters  

Fish species that are overfished and endangered and to be avoided include:

 Overfished Also marketed as: 
 Blue Warehou Trevally, Sea Bream, Snotty Trevalla
 Commercial Scallop (Bas Strait) Southern Scallop
 Deepwater Shark Flake, Boneless Fillet
 Eastern Gemfish  Hake, King Couta, Sliver Kingfish
 Orange Roughy Deep Sea Perch, Sea Perch
 Oreos (black, smooth, spiky, warty) Dory, Deep Sea Dory, Spotted Dory
 Redfish Nannygai, Red Snapper
 School Shark Flake, Tope, Boneless Fillet
 Silver Travally White Travally 
 Southern Bluefin Tuna Tuna
 Also avoid vulnerable and heavily fished species
 Bigeye Tuna Tuna, Bigeye
 Broadbill Swordfish Swordfish
 Sharks & Rays Flake, Boneless Fillet, Stingray Flaps
 Yellowfin Tuna - Wider Pacific Ocean  Tuna

Source: Australian Marine Conservation Society

Other organisations working towards a sustainable fishing industry include:

Australian Marine Conservation Society is Australia's only national charity dedicated exclusively to protecting ocean wildlife and their homes.

OceanWatch Australia is a national environmental, not-for-profit company that works to achieve sustainability in the Australian seafood industry by protecting and enhancing fish habitats, improving water quality and advancing the sustainability of fisheries through action based partnerships with the Australian seafood industry, government, natural resource managers, business and the community. Visit their website to get involved and informed.

Save our Marine Life is a growing community of people and organisations working to protect our unique marine life. Visit their website and add your voice to protect Australia's unique South West marine life by establishing a network of large marine sanctuaries.

Why is this action important?

Establishing a sustainable balance in our harvesting of wild fisheries is essential to ward off the possibility of species collapse and the ramifications this may have on our ocean, estuary and river ecosystems. To treat the ocean as a "magic pudding" while defiling the rivers and estuaries where fish breed and spawn is irresponsible and short sighted.