Do you want to be an active consumer and support sustainable seafood, but you don’t know what fish is on which list? When it comes to knowing if you are making sustainable seafood choices, there are some easy-to-use tools that SASSI has developed to help you.
Most of us carry a mobile phone, so SASSI has provided two mobile options for checking the status of seafood. Others prefer to keep a small pocket guide in their wallet, which they can pull out in the store or at a restaurant.
We encourage you to always ask the three questions about the fish species, the fishing method used to catch it and its origins. These three pieces of information are key to determining which list the fish appears on. Some fish may appear on more than one list, depending on the answers to these questions. Take tuna, for example. Yellowfin tuna caught by pole in South Africa is on the Green list, bigeye tuna caught by longline in South Africa is on the Orange list, while imported Bluefin tuna is on the Red list. To help you make an ocean-friendly choice, use these SASSI tools.
The FishMS service allows consumers to make on-the-spot choices about the seafood they eat with just one SMS. Simply type the name of the fish or other seafood you’re interested in into a text message and send it to 079-499-8795 to receive information on the status of that species.
The SASSI App
The easy-to-use app allows you to check the sustainability of your seafood choice in real time. You can find out whether to tuck in, think twice or avoid all together. It’s free on Android and iOS!
SASSI has made a pocket-sized booklet for consumers to carry around that can help inform them about the most sustainable fish species to purchase and eat. A SASSI poster of the colour-coded lists and pictures of the various species is also available.