The Future of the Global Fishery

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Science writer Erik Vance discusses the dismal future of the global fishery. His article “Emptying the World’s Aquarium” is in the August issue of Harper’s magazine.


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Comments [4]

Erik Vance from Mexico City

I'm not one of these people who says we should stop eating fish altogether. It's a tricky game to play but I've sketched out a map for responsible eating here.

Jul. 25 2013 10:04 AM
Dee from Montclair

I lived on the Yucatan Peninsula last year and all the fisherman would walk the beaches in the morning looking for square fish...or bales of cocaine.

Jul. 24 2013 01:55 PM

(I should have said, "and the almost impossible to eat anchovies...!)

Jul. 24 2013 12:29 PM

The impossible-to-resist Chinook Salmon and anchovies are about the only fish I've eaten in the past decade, between the mercury and pollution, fishing methods and warnings about species declines...

Is there anything out there, ocean or fishery, that is OK to eat without having to contemplate that you are doing something that is just awful, either to our bodies or our world?

(For example, are certain fish farms improved? Do Gulf of Mexico fish still stink of oil? What about those newly-named creatures found in Trader Joe's icebox? )

Jul. 24 2013 12:29 PM

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