The Sushinomics Ethical Conundrum

Photograph: Alamy, via The Guardian

Photograph: Alamy, via The Guardian

“Tuna stocks are in serious decline, with too many boats chasing too few fish, along with widespread illegal fishing,” according to the Pew environment group. But can it ever be OK to eat? To help navigate these waters, arm yourself with lists and guides, including Greenpeace’s Red List. Some trail-blazing businesses have majored in the traceability of their sushi – Moshi Moshi, the UK’s first conveyor-belt sushi restaurant, founded, which is a guide to responsible fish restaurants .

Developing countries represent 50% of global fish exports. The idea should be that high-value fish are exported and low-value fish imported with the revenue, meaning there’s a common-sense flow of money (this brings in foreign-exchange revenues of $25bn) and protein. Unfortunately a study by the WorldFish Centerfound that poor countries are left with a protein gap as fish export revenues are captured by elites and spent on luxury goods (such as imported sushi).

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