1: Avoid tropical bred fish like Tilapia and Pangasius.
These fish are being bred in overfull tanks in very poor conditions. Nope - not very animal friendly nor sustainable. And on top of that: they’re exotic and all things exotic come from far, FAR away.
2: Choose local.
The most delicious kinds of fish are caught right at our very own shores. Yep, go for Dutch sole, brill, sea devil, cod or mullet.
3: Support local & responsible fishermen.
Fishermen who respect the breeding seasons and don't ruin all sea live with their fishing methods. These guys also don't sell fish that is struggling to survive. You can meet these ‘Goede Vissers’ at the Noordermarkt in Amsterdam on Saturdays and on the organic markt in Utrecht on Fridays. Here are even more reason why these fellas are rockstars.
4: Avoid tuna.
Sorry fans of Salad Niçoise, all tuna species are struggling and the Bluefin tuna is almost extinct… If you’re craving a piece of tuna though, try the veggie tuna salad from De Vegetarische Slager! Veggie fish may sound weird, but it’s a damn tasty alternative.
5: Go for wild, European salmon.
If you fancy salmon, choose wild salmon from Norway or Scotland or bred salmon with the ASC-logo. Regular bred salmon contains a lot of antibiotics and also harms the most beautiful ecosystem there is: the sea.
6: Check if there’s a MSC-logo.
This stands for the Marine Stewardship Council and is the international quality mark for fish, crustaceans and shellfish that is caught in a responsible way.
7: Start a conversation with fishermen.
Last but not least: gain knowledge from the people who know a whole lot about fish: fish sellers and fishermen. This will make it easier for you to make the best choice there is.
Illustration: Amok Island