• Matthew Evans turns his eye to Australian seafood in What's The Catch (SBS)
Enjoyed 'For The Love of Meat'? Well, now you can stream Matthew Evans’ other eye-opening documentary series 'What’s The Catch?', on the Australian seafood industry, for free on SBS On Demand.
By
Bianca Soldani

28 Nov 2016 - 1:24 PM  UPDATED 28 Nov 2016 - 3:44 PM

In his most recent documentary series for SBS, chef Matthew Evans put the Australian meat industry under the microscope, examining and questioning the little known processes that deliver the pork, chicken and beef we love to our plates.

Australia’s thriving seafood trade gets the same treatment in What’s The Catch?, where Evans dives deeper into our four favourite purchases from the fish market: salmon, tuna, shark and prawns.

As we prepare to stock up on the latter for Christmas lunch, it's interesting to know that many of the cheaper prawns sold in Australia are farmed in Thailand, where what they are fed is questionable to say the least.

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Thai prawns infographic: What you need to know about where they come from
Over 70% of all seafood we eat comes from overseas – much of it from South East Asia. Thailand has a multi-billion dollar prawn farm industry, exporting hundreds of thousands of tonnes of prawns per year, more than any other country in the world.

Shark meanwhile, or “flake” as it is more commonly known, may not be on many of our festive season groceries lists, but most people who have ordered battered fish and chips will undoubtedly have eaten it.

Most flake is gummy shark or rig shark, but until a standard was announced by the Australian Fish Names Committee two years ago, up to 100 different species of shark were being served up under the general name of flake, including threatened school sharks.

However, this revelation pales in comparison to the shocking practice of 'live finning' where sharks are caught, have their fins cut off and are thrown back into the ocean to slowly die.

Aside from exposing the often hidden practices that keep our seafood prices down, Evans questions just how sustainable our love for seafood is and explores what can be done to improve the industry.

His confronting series, that premiered in 2014, brought about a Senate inquiry into Australia's seafood labelling and saw Evans lobby fast food chain Dominos to radically rethink the way they do seafood pizzas.

The entire three-part series can be viewed now and for free on SBS On Demand. The first episode looks at one of Australia's most popular seafood, prawns - watch it now!

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