Experts Warn That Sushi May Not Be Around For Much Longer

It’s a date night staple and one of the healthiest ways to enjoy takeaway, but experts predict sushi won’t even be on the menu in 30 years’ time. Here’s the scary reason why.

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A World Without Sushi

Our days of raw fish will soon be over, according to the World Wildlife Fund. And the reason is due to over-consumption. A report done by the WWF claims that the world could run out of fish by 2048, giving us just 31 more years to enjoy sashimi and our other favourite seafood.

Of course, with the decrease in supply of fish, the cost is most likely going to increase, meaning our days of being able to actually afford this soon-to-be luxury may be sooner than we think.

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Seafood shortage – over consumption to blame

While there are strict rules and regulations regarding fishing in Australia, they may not be strict enough. And it would appear this is the case in most countries around the world as well.

The WWF study, published in the journal, Science, claims that more than half of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited and about a third are over-exploited, depleted or recovering from depletion.

Of course, it won’t just be sushi lovers who lose from this situation. The depletion of fish will result in swift job losses, the collapse of marine ecosystems and the loss of a primary food source.

Should we be saying farewell to seafood?

While many of our favourite sushi recipes or sushi rolls are fish-free, we have to admit that a sushi restaurant without fish just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you should be avoiding eating fish altogether. Seafood is rich in nutrients, low in saturated fat and oozing with omega 3 and protein. The Australian Dietary Guidelines suggests adults consume two to three serves per week of seafood.

So how can you still get your weekly dose of seafood and sushi without contributing to the over-consumption problem?

The WWF recommends that sushi and seafood lovers do a little research before chowing down. Check out the Sustainable Food Guide to find a list of restaurants that serve sustainable seafood. You can also look into fish oil, which comes with a number of benefits (especially in pregnancy). Read all about them here. 

written by:

Jenna Galley

Born and raised in Canada, Jenna traded in the cold mountain air for the laid back lifestyle of Australia nine years ago. She is now a mum to one son, one daughter, one dog and one cat, all of whom live with her and her partner in Cairns, QLD. When not writing about the ups and downs of parenting, she is usually outside doing some form of physical activity or indulging in a glass of antioxidant-infused fruit drink. Okay, it's wine.