A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) found that the recent obsession with the health benefits of fish and fish oils has put a large pressure on wild fish populations and habitats. These fish are being sourced from waters around Africa and other places where food crises exist. And over the past 50 years, there have been over 100 confirmed marine species extinctions. It hardly makes sense, then, that we should be encouraged to consume more fatty fish when the sustainability of ocean ecosystems is at risk.
Consuming fish oil supplements is ecologically preferable to eating fish the Environmental Defense Fund or Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch declare 'at risk,' such as farmed Atlantic salmon. And to reap the multiple health benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, it's important to choose supplements that derive their fish oil from small species with high reproductive cycles and relatively short life spans such as sardines, anchovies, herring, and mackerel. Smaller fish are also better oil sources because they have lower levels of heavy metals, mercury, and other pollutants because they eat algae and don't live long enough to soak up toxins.
OCEAN SAFE FISH OIL SUPPLEMENTS TO CONSIDER
Below are a few of the best rated, most ocean-safe fish oil supplements currently on the market and available to health- and eco-conscious consumers.
CardioTabs Ocean-Safe Omega-3 Marine Oil is made from squid, whose short lifespan and high growth rate minimizes exposure to heavy metals and contaminants and ensures rapid species recovery after catching.
Minami Nutrition MorEPA Platinum fish oil pills are the only brand to receive EMAS status, a very stringent European standard. These environmentally friendly pills also have the highest EPA/DHA content of any other fish oil supplements. Minami Nutrition has full traceability of the fish origin, using only anchovies and mackerel from unspoiled Antarctica waters.
OmegaBrite High EPA Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3 concentrate from fish oil is made using the most advanced distillation processes in GMP compliant facilities and is derived from small fish that yield the highest purity Omega-3. OmegaBrite has raised the standards in the industry for purity and quality and has received numerous awards for purity-concentration and scientific efficacy.