The real cost of seafood

by Kathy Xu

Have a taste for seafood? Have you ever wondered where it comes from and how it ends up on your plate? Not all seafood is sourced ethically. In some cases, slavery is involved. Humans have been consuming seafood for the past 50,000 to 100,000 years. Seafood is globally known for its protein value and health benefits. It accounts for 6.7 percent of all protein consumed by humans, and offers a rich source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, calcium, zinc and iron.

Trade and consumption
Where does most of the world’s seafood come from?
A closer look in Asia

Workers on fishing boats in indentured servitude for years

A fishing boat docked in a port

Are there sufficient available solutions to the problem?
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Kathy Xu / Writer

Kathy used to write marine and environmental stories at Kontinentalist. She was history-trained but does other things now instead, like running an ecotourism shark conservation business, The Dorsal Effect. When free, she enjoys being in the ocean, trying to spot some sharks or just home cuddling with her cavvie, Danea.

Illustration / Joceline Kuswanto
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