Is it Better to Buy Imported or Domestic Seafood?
We're big advocates for domestic seafood. The USA has some of the most stringent fisheries management and regulations in the world. From an environmental sustainability perspective, we’re talking about consuming seafood from fisheries that you can trust are closely watched by scientists and continuously re-evaluated. It’s hard to say the same about imported products.
"The USA has some of the most stringent fisheries management and regulations in the world."
From a labor perspective, consumers of domestic seafood can feel guilt-free in knowing that slave labor, child labor, and underpaying of workers are less likely to occur in domestic production. Overseas, similar to workers in clothing factories, their is a lot of room for foul play. Most just turn a blind eye to what’s happening, but if you want to be a conscience consumer of seafood, you shouldn’t feel comfortable buying imported products unless they are certified by a social governance certification like Fair Trade or coming from developed markets (New Zealand, Scotland, etc.).
"Consumers of domestic seafood can feel guilt-free in knowing that slave labor, child labor, and underpaying of workers are less likely to occur in domestic production."
Domestic seafood is not cheap. Just like buying apparel from a company that ensures fair wages for workers, environmental materials, and superior quality, these processes are not cheap. Just as you should question jeans made abroad that sell for only $5.99, you should question a fillet that’s travelled across to world to get to your market for $5.99/lb. Guilt-free seafood comes at a premium, so how much are you willing to pay to not need to turn a blind eye.
If you want to find guilt-free seafood delivered right to your doorstep, E-Fish.com is the place. Reach out by email if you have any questions about the products sold on our website, we will be happy to tell you the story behind each and every product.