The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the ocean not-for-profit responsible for the world’s leading sustainable seafood ecolabel, has launched its Ocean Cookbook 2023. The free digital cookbook brings together chefs and fishers from all over the world to create a collection of 17 healthy, delicious everyday recipes that tell a sustainability story about the seafood we all love.
A new year is a new start and a new opportunity to make better choices and take care of our ocean for future generations. The ocean is a vital part of human life on our planet. It provides daily protein for over a billion people, it is a reliable source of food for billions more, and 200 million people are employed directly or indirectly by the seafood industry. But our ocean needs help: overfishing, illegal and destructive fishing, and climate change not only negatively impact species and ecosystems, but communities too.
The cookbook highlights how easy it is to rustle up affordable, healthy, easy-to-make and sustainable seafood dishes at home – suitable for the whole family. The cookbook is the centrepiece of the MSC’s communications and marketing campaign for the new year, traditionally a time for healthy and more environmentally conscious eating.
Included in the choice of recipes are a simple and delicious Cape hake recipe by South African chef, Naledi Toona.
“Cooking has always been an act of love for me and hake is such a versatile, sustainable and quick-to-cook ingredient. It allows me to show love to my family, today, and to those in the future,” she adds.
The cookbook includes stunning photography from internationally renowned food photographer, David Loftus, who has worked with Jamie Oliver throughout his career. David Loftus is a great believer in sustainable fishing. “This goes way beyond food. It’s about the future of our Ocean. We need to step up to the plate right now… or we’re in deep water.”
The MSC needs your support to create a #BigBlueFuture and would like to invite you to participate in this consumer campaign that celebrates your commitment to sustainability and the food that our ocean provides for us all.
Join them in the global movement of “Food that Makes You Feel Good” and promote this message to consumers, colleagues, your family and all your friends.
View the free digital cookbook here.
Recipe: South African Coconut Hake by Chef Naledi Toona
Lightly pan-fried hake is the perfect, easy dinner recipe. Served with seasonal vegetables and a creamy coconut sauce to enhance the natural flavours of hake, this is a healthy recipe the whole family will love.
Find the full recipe here.
Hungry for more feel-good seafood?
Visit the Ocean Cookbook online to find more sustainable seafood recipes from around the world. Thank you for choosing seafood that’s good for you and the oceans too.
The MSC recognise all seafood consumers for supporting sustainable fisheries through purchasing choices. When you buy seafood with the blue MSC label on pack, you’re helping to protect oceans, livelihoods and fish for the future.
Picture: Food photography by David Loftus