FACTS:

  • Seafood (including imported) is one of the safest foods we eat.
  • Eating fish can give you a longer, and healthier, life.
  • Eating fish can make you, and your kids, smarter.
  • Eating fish can protect, and improve, your eyesight.
  • Two thirds of Australians cannot afford to eat fresh local seafood regularly
  • 70% of seafood consumed by Australians comes from overseas - by necessity.
  • Thailand is our biggest supplier of imported fish. (excluding canned tuna, China is our biggest seafood supplier).

MYTHS:

  • Local seafood is always fresh and imported seafood is always frozen.
  • Fresh seafood is always best. (Actually, seafood snap-frozen shortly after harvest frequently exceeds fresh (unfrozen) seafood for consistent high quality.)
  • Eating prawns increases your cholesterol. (It does not).
  • Pregnant women should avoid fish. (In fact, fish is one of the best foods for pregnant women and new mothers. Advice should be sought regarding allergies or diets containing unusually high consumption of some fish.)
from ADG 2013

Consumption of fish can be valuable in pregnancy however care may be required with intakes of certain species
of fish due to the potential risk of excessive mercury intake.

Depending on age and sex, health benefits may be seen with consumption of 1.4 to 2.8 serves (140–280g) of fish per week for adults, with proportionately less for adolescents and children.

The most recent dietary survey data available for adults showed that mean weekly consumption of fish and seafood was 168g for men and 119g per week for women.

To meet recommended food group intakes, fish consumption will need to increase by more than 40%, particularly for men.