One comment on “Sustainable Seafood: A U.S. Fisherman’s Perspective”

  1. Mike Stirewalt says:

    Very one-sided presentation. The fish were not given the option to comment on whether they agree that fishing is "an amazing way to make a living."

    These mysterious "great shoals" of fish you say U.S. Fishermen have. Just where are they? Swordfish have been endangered for years. Cod is marginal. Whitefish, once considered a pet food quality fish, still seems to be abundant if the hauls in your video are typical. Ocean pollution, specifically with plastic microparticles will eventually make just about everything that lives in the ocean carcinogenic to humans – which may be the salvation of whatever fish are left. Of course, countries like China and India won't care if the choice is between eating plastic or starving.

    I grew up fishing on seine Salmon boats in the summers in Alaska, early 60's. Also king crab. Even then Russians were pushing into U.S. fishing grounds to scrape the bottoms clean with their trawlers. Possibly that's changed but in the long term the only thing that will save what fish are left will be the fact they're too toxic to eat and there won't be enough of them to make commercial operations viable. In remote, hopefully protected areas such as around Monterrey, CA, hopefully some semblance of our ocean and its life may persist. It'll be by a hair's breadth if it does. Pollution, radiation from Fukijama, vaccuuming everything alive by Chinese & Japanese fleets, and most important of all, the death of plankton as the Earth warms and toxins accumulate . . . this will write the final chapter on the oceans. I saw the ocean and its creatures before 8+ billion humans arrived and feel grateful for the experience.

    We should have been caretakers of the oceans and the forests. Instead, we – humankind – have fouled our own nest while without shame ruined the nests of all our fellow creatures. If something larger is going on – if indeed we must exhaust and ruin our home planet in order to migrate into space – then there's nothing more to say. Nature must have chosen us for the task. I guess we just have to say "sorry" to the millions of species and billions of creatures who got in our way.

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