Contributing Writer, Lilly McCann, Partners with Gardens' Fresh Eating & Sourcing, TOPIC: FISH, OUR HEALTH, OUR SEAS

Safeguarding Fish for Generations to Come
The islands of Greece are surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, so the ocean has played a substantial part in the culture of the country for thousands of years. In particular, the sea is vital to the diet of Greek islanders, so it is no surprise that fish often makes an appearance in the country’s traditional and modern cuisine.
Some of the most famous fish used in Greek cooking are plaki and calamari, although there are also dishes that include shrimp, cod, anchovies, mackerel, sardines, squid and swordfish. Fish is an incredibly versatile meat – it can be fried, baked, marinated and more.
With such an abundance of appetising seafood available, the ocean offers a veritable feast for diners. Fish is healthy, filling and extremely tasty – especially when cooked in a Greek style. However, it is vitally important that harvesting the bounty of the sea is undertaken in the most sustainable manner.
The health benefits of regularly eating fish
Fish is one of the best sources of protein. It is low in fat and packed full of Vitamins D and B2, and Omega 3 – the fatty acid that helps control heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. Health practitioners and the American Heart Association recommend a diet that contains fish at least twice a week. By eating fish instead of meats that are higher in fat content, such as beef, you can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, decreasing your risk of a stroke or heart attack. Eating fish is also said to increase brain power.
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The best fish to eat for your health
In general, all types of fish are good for your health, but some breeds such as swordfish should be avoided by women during pregnancy. To increase Omega 3 levels in particular, choose fatty like mackerel, trout, sardines, herring, salmon and tuna.
The effects of overfishing
While fish is incredibly good for your health, it is imperative you ensure that the seafood you consume comes from a sustainable source. Over-fishing to cater for customer demand can be detrimental to the ocean’s delicate balance – the ocean is a living ecosystem so taking away one part of it means that other areas of the sea will suffer.
Currently, many fisheries are in crisis due to the fishing that has taken place over the years. The problems of overfishing stem from removing fish before they reach an age at which they can spawn and produce young fish. This is causing populations to deplete. On average, cod is caught at about 1.6 years old – however, cod don’t mature until they are four years old, so they will not have had chance to spawn by the time they are fished and eaten.
Recent research published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has shown that over-fishing is substantially worse than it has previously been thought. Coastal fisheries and sharks have been hit the worst, but many fisheries still lack data about the size of their available stocks.
At the moment, around 82 percent of fish stocks in the Mediterranean are being over-fished. If we want to ensure this healthy and tasty food source will remain for future generations, we need to make it our mission to buy from sustainable sources wherever possible.
For over 22 years, Gardens of Salonica has built its family business on the practise and belief of health, limited waste, health and local, organic foods. Don’t let the threat of over-fishing put you off eating the food – just try to ensure that when you eat it, it comes from a sustainable source. The way in which we consume food today will directly affect the generations of tomorrow.