Sustainable Fishing for Pet Food: Nurturing Our Oceans and Promoting Responsible Feeding Practices
Sustainable fishing has become crucial in preserving marine biodiversity and the health of aquatic ecosystems. However, an often overlooked aspect of this issue is the use of seafood in the manufacture of animal feed. At KALŪ, we are proud to say that our seafood products come from 100% Canadian and sustainable fishing. In this article, we highlight the advantages of these practices for preserving our marine world and the impact of these choices on the environment.
Responsible fishing: the definition
For fishing to be considered sustainable, it must meet certain standards:
Reduction of bycatch: Selective fishing methods and the limitation of bycatch (accidental capture of non-target species) help minimize collateral damage, thus preserving oceanic biological diversity.
Compliance with minimum sizes: Establishing legal minimum sizes ensures that fish have reached sufficient maturity before being caught.
Fish selection: Selecting fish like sardines or capelin with rapid life cycles provides supplies without affecting population levels.
Wild fishing: Favouring wild fishing over farmed fisheries prevents environmental consequences such as water pollution due to fish excrement and the use of antibiotics and chemicals. It also mitigates the significant need for water and electricity.
Sustainable stock management: Establishing fishing quotas based on scientific assessments avoids stock overexploitation and allows for their replenishment.
Food safety and product quality
By promoting sustainable fishing, the animal feed industry commits to ensuring food safety by refusing antibiotics and GMOs contained in intensive farming. Sustainable fisheries are also subject to strict stock management standards, preventing the depletion of fisheries resources. Ensuring the continued availability of raw materials allows animal feed producers to maintain product consistency and quality, meeting the expectations of consumers concerned about the origin and sustainability of ingredients.
Supporting local fishing: an eco-conscious gesture
Local sourcing of animal feed is a sustainable and beneficial option. Favoring local fish sources reduces carbon emissions linked to transport and supports the regional economy. The higher sustainability standards often associated with local fishing also help preserve marine ecosystems. These values are closely linked to our desire to redefine pet food with an ecological conscience .
Choosing products from sustainable fishing helps to preserve marine ecosystems but also ensures quality products for our animals. Encouraging companies that get involved in these practices also allows us to raise industry standards and vote for the change we want to see.
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