Wednesday, September 28, 2011

There are only so many fish in the sea

The Monterey Bay Aquarium does more than offer a great place to visit sea creatures--their website has a message for you: there’s a limit, people.  There’s a limit to how many “incidental” animals should die in pursuit of those that people find particularly tasty, there’s a limit to how many of a specific species should be taken--in short, there’s only so many fish in the sea.    

But while the site points out what’s going wrong in the briny depths, it also freely hands out the tools to help people make informed decisions about the seafood we eat. These include the best choices for your region of the country; best sushi decisions; fish to eat that is both good for your health and good for the health of the oceans.  You can even do a search on specific kinds of seafood to see how healthy its numbers are.
And while you’re there, you can check out the cute little baby otter that the Aquarium rescued in August.

9 comments:

  1. The problem is that we live on a planet with limited resources, and we are breeding ourselves into extinction.  there are only so many fish in the sea, only so much clean water, only so many acres of decent farm land.  And then there's that limited resource known as "gainful employment."  Why is no one else carping about zero population growth?

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  2. While the actual animal exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium aren't quite as jaw-dropping as the ones at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta (sorry, but nothing will ever top the whale shark tank!), I agree that Monterey Bay does an outstanding job where education is concerned. I loved eating sustainable seafood in their restaurant, from which you can watch the seals and cormorants in the bay...

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  3. Yeah--certainly lots of environmentalists recognize that many of our problems go back to overpopulation, so it is surprising how infrequently that subject comes up. I just recently heard a fellow talking about his fear of the environmental problems his TEN grandchildren will inherit...

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  4. A WHALE SHARK TANK! Holy smokes! Have you heard of the afuera off Mexico? I just learned about it this year--here are a couple of links about it:  http://www.livescience.com/14336-largest-whale-shark-gathering-afuera.html  and   http://deepseanews.com/2011/04/inside-the-outside/

    Oooh, I wanna go!

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  5. I have not been there in years.  Always enjoyed it.  I also love the Hatfield Marine Science Center
    http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/
    Cool place!

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  6. Amen to population control.  I look around the grocery store at folks with 3 or 4 children UNDER 8 years old, and I wonder if they even think about the consequences. (The folks, not the children). 
    As for fish, I find it's easier if I simply don't eat them.  It makes both of our species happy.

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  7. Carolyn on Haida GwaiiOctober 2, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    If we take what we need and we eat what we take there wouldn't be a problem!  Thank you for the reminder Patricia.
    Smiles

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  8. Nice to see you again, Carolyn!

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  9. In the town where I grew up, there was a family down the street with 14 kids!

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