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This week is sustainable seafood week

In our house, over 12 months ago we made decision to start eating fish at least 3 times a week. We usually do a salmon and a white fish recipe, and then depending on what I feel like cooking or the prices at the supermarket, either another white fish or trout recipe. I was worried how the kids would respond to these changes, but they absolutely love it! I personally do not really like fish, and I am the only person in our family that finds fish sometimes tastes a bit fishy. I think, those of you that are not natural born seafood eaters would understand what I mean. However, I have ploughed on on with our new predominantly pescatarian style diet, and I now love these changes to our diet, . I have also developed many recipes, that would convert even the most hardened seafood haters.

Women, Seafood & Mercury

As women, the benefits of these good fats provided by fish, continue throughout the stages of preconception, pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause. Harvard Center for Risk Analysis determined that despite the current fear of mercury contamination in our seafood supply, the risk of reducing seafood consumption within this group would leave them worse off ( Cohen, et al., 2005). The important factors is being aware of the quantities, and which seafoods have been found to have elevated levels of mercury.

Seafood & fertility

A study conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical highlighted that those couples that consumed more seafood had more intercourse and conceived quicker than those that consume less seafood ( Gaskins, et al., 2018). So, for those of you thinking about conceiving, you and your partner might want to up your levels of seafood.

If you want to make sure your seafood is produced in a sustainable way then look for then look for the Marine Steward Council's MSC certified sustainable seafood symbol. They work to ensure that the current aquaculture practices will protect seafood production for future generations. It is used in Chile, and around the world.

If you wish to know more about MSC and their role in maintaining sustainable fishing practice here is the link to their website. As an added bonus they also have lots of lovely seafood recipes, if you are looking for some inspiration!


If you would like to increase your seafood & fish consumption, but are not sure how to approach it, contact our Scarbrough Health nutritionist, for guidance.


Audrey J Gaskins, Rajeshwari Sundaram, Germaine M Buck Louis, Jorge E Chavarro; Seafood Intake, Sexual Activity, and Time to Pregnancy, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Volume 103, Issue 7, 1 July 2018, Pages 2680–2688, https://doi.org/10.1210/jc.2018-00385

Cohen, J. T., Bellinger, D. C., & Shaywitz, B. A. (2005). A quantitative analysis of prenatal methyl mercury exposure and cognitive development. American journal of preventive medicine, 29(4), 353-353. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2005.06.007

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