A whistle blower in the tuna industry speaks out about the evil business to Greenpeace! There’s some really bloody stuff. Bleh. Nice underwater shots too though. The video discusses Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs) and addresses the problem of bycatch and the over-fishing of baby fish. Poor baby fish.
Why do people even eat tuna? It’s grody to the max! What does everyone think about Greenpeace? I’ve never looked into them that much. I mean, I’ve heard all kinds of stuff about them but haven’t done much research for myself.
This video is about the plight of the bluefin tuna. It’s not terribly exciting but it’s simple and very informative. I give it a thumb up! I definitely like how they included info about the hook-line thing that also hooks endangered sea turtles and dolphins and all that. That’s your “wild-caught” fish. Yeah, it’s way better than a fish-farm. NOT.
Just your weekly reminder that offshore drilling fucking sucks, and the people who demand it the loudest are fucking assholes who deserve a kick in the face. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is not only an economic disaster for fisheries, but it’s a hell-on-earth for the birds and marine life who live in the Gulf and on the coast of Louisiana.
Courtesy of the New York Times comes this shocking infographic showing which species are now in peril from the spill. Want a sneak preview? “The Gulf of Mexico is the only spawning ground for the Western Atlantic population of the bluefish tuna, which is at the peak of spawning season.” America, FUCK YEAH!
The antidote to this shit is clean energy, like the offshore wind farm off Cape Cod that was approved this past week by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Unfortunately, groups are already suing to block its construction because they say the wind farm will block the views from their mansions endanger marine life and commerce. Because birds and fish are just choking in wind-slick from leaky wind turbines. Quick, someone call in the emergency windbreaker and visor crew! These feathers aren’t going to comb themselves back into place.
In a move of epically awesome parenting on the part of my father, I was allowed to watch Jaws with him when I was four. I sat next to him wearing my Wonder Woman Halloween costume. As a result (of watching Jaws, not of wearing the Wonder Woman costume), I have a hard time doing things like going into the ocean past my cankles, closing my eyes in swimming pools, being in swimming pools, and taking showers.
But also, I’ve had a lifelong fascination with one of our planet’s oldest forms of life: magnificent, wonderful, infinitely unknown sharks. In this interesting article by whysharksmatter in Southern Fried Science on the underreported side effects of “dolphin-safe” tuna, we learn that one of the probably side effects of this kind of fishing is a nearly 75 percent reduction in world shark populations.
I think that attempts at “ethical fishing” are admirable in theory, but this article suggests that in practice, they aren’t possible. In fact, if the author is correct, tuna fishing in particular is a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t endeavor. While for whatever reason, many people who don’t eat meat do eat fish, it may actually be more unethical, in terms of sustainability, to do so. I recommend to those interested in this topic to read Richard Ellis’ wonderful book The Empty Ocean, which talks about the cataclysmic misfortune a fish species can suffer for having the misfortune to be made almost entirely of sushi. This is a conversation that should be taken up by everyone, not just vegans and vegetarians; it has little to do with the death of a single fish, and everything to do with our relationship with the planet we share with the amazing but largely endangered life of our oceans.
This amazing post come from our friend Annapurna, who would like to remind that the ocean is for sharks. Stick to the sand, slut. You know you’re just there to show off your wares in hopes of finding a husband. WORK IT, GIRL.