Sardines school off Baja California. Photo by Jon Bertsch. http://www.thalassagraphics.com/blog/?p=167 I only eat anchovies with Caesar salad, and am rather fond of the tiny fish that add a bit of strong flavor to the romaine lettuce. I’m unusual for wanting to get even that close to the tiny, oily fish – sardines, anchovy, menhaden – . . . → Read More: How to eat sardines sustainably
Two weeks ago I wrote about southeast Asian fishermen, mostly from Cambodia, being forced to work Thai and South Korean fishing vessels. Men are promised other work in Thailand then are forced to stay at sea for up to two years or even longer with no contact with family or time off ship. Their wages . . . → Read More: “Product of Thailand” Could Be Result of Slave Labor
© 2011, Solutions Journal; Photo by Samantha Levens. Fellow science blogger, friend, and colleague Jennifer Jacquet recently invited me to contribute to a special all-ocean-themed issue of the journal Solutions that she, Nancy Knowlton, and Jeremy Jackson were guest editing. They’ve managed to assemble a terrific collection of writing from scientists, economists, environmentalists, artists, and . . . → Read More: 100% Guaranteed, Guilt-Free, Sustainable Sushi?
Legal Sea Foods’ “blacklisted” seafood dinner took place last night. From the Boston Globe: An e-mail invitation to the sold-out event, sponsored by Legal Sea Foods and the nonprofit Culinary Guild of New England, reads: “Presenting a menu of supposed ‘blacklisted’ fish, Legal’s President and chief executive Roger Berkowitz discusses how outdated scientific findings unfairly . . . → Read More: The science behind Legal Sea Foods’ “blacklisted” dinner
Time: 9 PM, after a long day in the lab. Place: Lucha Libre Taco Shop Internal Monologue: Bad Miriam: “If I do not have a Surf ‘n’ Turf burrito I will surely perish!” Good Miriam: “No! Shrimp is bad! You know shrimp is bad! You are a goddamn marine biologist!” Bad Miriam: “But it is . . . → Read More: DON’T PANIC: Sustainable seafood and the American outlaw
What criteria makes Gulf seafood “safe to eat”? In part 2, we’re geting down to the nitty gritty: what guidelines and criteria are the FDA and NOAA using to approve the sale and consumption of seafood from the Gulf of Mexico? The FDA is currently focusing its tests on two separate compounds: PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic . . . → Read More: Seafood Safety, Part 2a: ‘safe’ criteria, PAHs
Everything we do in life presents choices, and every choice presents a risk. Some activities present a high and obvious risk, like skiing a black diamond without a helmet. The inherent risks in more mundane activities may be well-documented, yet so subtle, that we choose to ignore them on a day-to-day basis…like eating seafood. This . . . → Read More: Sunday Spill Special: Seafood Safety, Part 1
….”The Science of Seafood: Should we trust food from the Gulf?” Stay tuned to DSN for the first installment, coming soon!
Green washing is misleading publicity or propaganda designed to present an image of environmental responsibility. TerraChoice has a nice list of the Six Sins of Green Washing. Hidden Trade Off, in which companies highlight one eco-friendly attribute, and ignore their product’s other (potentially more significant) environmental concerns. “Okay, this product comes from a sustainably . . . → Read More: Greenwashing: The Case of “Sustainable Fisheries”
Frankly, I’m a little ashamed to have my first post be all human-interest-y, without a single hypodermic penis in sight. Still, I can’t resist highlighting this ludicrous NYT article about couples who bicker over sustainability. NYT human interest stories always end up making you hate everyone in it, and this is no exception. Mr. Fleming, . . . → Read More: Seafood Watch breaks up another relationship