MarViva presents Traffic Light Guide for Responsible Fish Consumption

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MarViva Foundation, located at the City of Knowledge, presented in recent days a new information tool that invites consumers to have responsible fish consumption, considering the importance of it as a source of protein and as an income to coastal communities.

The educational tool consists in a guide that invites to the diversification of consumption of fish, because there are other fish in the sea. The guide consists of a list of names of fish that are organized into categories according to their vulnerability to withstand fishing pressure. The categories are: Widely recommended and recommended (green column), Acceptable and acceptable with reservations (yellow column), and Not recommended (red column).

Similar to the operation of traffic lights, the green list (go ahead) includes 39 species whose current situation represents a minor concern for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as their biological and population characteristics are able to withstand fishing pressure, to reasonable levels. Meanwhile, the yellow list (caution) shows 19 species for which there is insufficient information to place them in a category of threat, but that have a reduced ability to cope with overfishing, especially if it is not carried out responsibly. And finally, the red list (stop) includes 28 species that are protected under Panamanian law or that belong to any of the threatened categories of the IUCN. In this last list there are 15 species of sharks, which are no longer able to withstand fishing pressure, even moderate.

An invitation was then made ​​for the responsible use of those species found in the categories of green and yellow light, also attending the call to consume them in sizes that are bigger that when they have reproduced (in cases known), information which is also included in the guide.

Juan Posada, MarViva Foundation Sciences Manager (Panama), expressed his appreciation for the support given by government organizations, such as the Panamanian Consumer Protection and Free Competition Authority (ACODECO), and NGOs such as the National Federation of Artisanal Fishermen's Organizations of Panama (FENAPESCA) and the National Fisheries Foundation (FUNAPESCA), "who by supporting this initiative will add to the effort to ensure that information reaches fishermen and consumers, linking us all to protect the environment and resources found there".

Meanwhile Gavino Acevedo, President of FENAPESCA, invited consumers to "try other fish species, thereby removing pressure to the high demand that traditionally targeted species such as snapper and corvina have, which will result in pleasant surprises while enjoying them in the dish and significant savings in our budget".

Marvin Correa, President of FUNAPESCA also recommends all consumers "to buy big fish, to the extent they are able, since they are adult specimens and have a lower price per pound, and thus discourage consumption of juvenile fish that have not reproduced yet".

Finally, the promoters of the initiative "Consumer Traffic Light Guide" encourage consumers to learn and enjoy the wide variety of other fish in the sea, thus promoting responsible consumption.

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