South Africans enjoy seafood and fisheries know that there is a huge demand for fish in this country. There is however a problem with some types of fish becoming extinct and it is not possible for government to place security companies and 24 hour watch on fisheries and what they catch. Conservation group WWF has recently revised their list of what fish are environmentally acceptable to eat, and this list is making fisheries rather mad. No wonder even car dealers are beginning to feel guilty about what fish they consume.
According to the Southern Africa Sustainable Seafood Initiative, they has warned fisheries that there are now more “red” fish species than ever before, and according to their initiative, these must not be bought as they are close to extinction. Fisheries are up in arms with this news, saying that they do not agree with the recent list that has been released and they feel that this act is a type of scare tactic.
SASSI have also said that the public and fisheries must think twice about seafood such as Sole, prawns and Kingkilp, which also poses a threat of extinction. Fisheries are enraged at this accusation as they do not want customers to be scared off by fish that are not as close to extinction as others. SASSI have explained that even though the population of these fish is increasing, it is more the actions that the fisheries take to acquire these fish which is resulting in a problem.