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Oceana: 5 Shocking Fish Facts

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Oceana: 5 Shocking Fish Facts

I love the beach. The whole ocean, really—but especially the more gentle seas, like the Caribbean. It’s my happy place. And I’ve often said I feel as though I might have been a ship captain in a past life, although I’m not even a sailor in this one. As y’all know, I spend most of this life walking on and talking about the land, soil, farms, gardens, and how we can protect the earth.

Seafood Lovers, Fishermen, and All of Us Can Help Save Our Endangered Oceans

The truth is I picked up Oceana to read for business reasons. First, Rodale Inc. published it. And second, I was about to host a party for its author, Ted Danson (yes that Ted Danson), and I felt the responsibility to do my homework. But I’m so very, very glad I read it, and I hope you read it, too. You’ll never look at the ocean and its alleged “bounty” on your plate the same way again.

So many of his stories about the horrific overfishing and waste of the fishing industry, the corruption caused by government subsidies around the world, the toxic chemical pollution caused by fish-farming (aquaculture), made me realize that “as above, so below.” Our attitudes about food and soil are compounded by our attitude toward what’s happening underwater—perhaps even worse, since we can easily pretend it’s not happening.

Find the ocean-friendly actions that best match your interests and abilities.

And the crime of our ignorant and affluent Western culture is that we will be the last people in the world to see it. The “illusion of abundance” we see in our supermarkets every time we shop is abundance stolen from the poor people of the world, and has destroyed the livelihoods of small fisherman and their families. So it is no surprise that they immigrate to our countries, in search of our entitled affluence.

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1:36AM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

we must always keep this in mind

1:00PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

Sad article. Thank you for wrting it.

Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
(Native American proverb)

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

5:56PM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

thanks. very sad and frustrating

12:09AM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

Sad

5:22PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

what is happening is so sad.

4:21AM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

Very disturbing and sad...

8:23AM PDT on May 29, 2011

We are really overfishing our oceans and it's ad that people don't realize it. We waste too much of everything and produce too much garbage.
Thanks a lot for the article. It makes me want to read that book now.

3:31AM PDT on May 29, 2011

In the mainstream media we are being told to limit our intake of many types of fish because we are told that they contain high levels of Mercury. Are we to believe everything we hear?
Learn the Myths About Mercury Poisoning in Fish

10:00AM PDT on May 28, 2011

we use our world like a dumping ground,all animals suffer because of our stupidity

5:24AM PDT on May 28, 2011

I feel frustrated and sad. Why do we do this to the world, to the poor animals? One day, there will be no more fish.

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