Australians eat over 356,000 tonnes of seafood each year. Now there’s a simple way for seafood lovers to give back to the ocean via OneFishTwoFish, a new program that aims to return two fish to the sea for every fish or seafood equivalent cooked, sold or consumed.
The program was developed by Seafood Positive, an early-stage social enterprise with a mission of no net loss of marine life, to provide finance for ocean conservation programs that measurably improve fish and marine life.
Marine biologist, ocean conservationist, and OneFishTwoFish founder, Dr Chris Gillies, said he started the program to address the challenges of seafood sustainability. “OneFishTwoFish helps seafood restaurants, businesses, retailers, and consumers balance their seafood consumption by replacing each fish they serve, sell or eat with two more in the ocean,” Dr Gilles said. “This solves an ethical dilemma for sustainability-conscious seafood consumers and provides a way to positively connect seafood consumption with ocean health. The funds will help provide finance for third-party ocean conservation programs including seagrass and reef restoration, and fish restocking programs to measurably improve fish and marine life across Australia.
OneFishTwoFish is funded by annual subscriptions that can be bought by either members of the public or businesses, and is proudly launching with a platinum selection of foundation supporters including Taronga Zoo, Melbourne’s Stokehouse restaurant, Stomping Ground Brewing Co, Two Hands and The Happy Apple supermarkets.
“It’s a simple way for seafood consumers, retailers, restaurants and other businesses to give back to the environment through their seafood consumption. We would love to have everyone who sells or buys seafood sign up to the program,” said Dr Gillies. “We’re committed to transparency and will post project reports and other documentation on our website so people can review outcomes for themselves.”
For more information about OneFishTwoFish, visit seafoodpositive.org.
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