Oceans, their fish and shellfish, are in trouble.
Every week there’s a new story, most recently one about how the current level of seawater acidity is as high as it was predicted to be decades from now – we’re ahead of schedule. Such events seem ambiguous, there’s a disconnect between what we read and what we experience. Lots of fish available at the store and in restaurants, so what’s the problem? Evidence of high acidic levels in our Pacific coast waters and salmon fishing closures are problems, distress signals from the ocean.
If you’re a consumer of seafood check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium website. It offers plenty of interactive fun stuff for kids in the aquatic realm, but they’ve also become a clearinghouse for information about sustainability and responsible consumption of seafood. They offer a list of ‘what you can do to help’ and printable pocket guides, Seafood Watch, with recommendations for eating fish that are region specific.
In the meantime, we can bring ‘gone fishin’ back, in a good way, and take actions necessary to consume fish responsibly.
A Memorial Day Grace:
Earth, water, air, and fire combined to make this food.
Numberless beings have died and labored that we may eat.
May we be nourished that we may nourish life.
Ojai School, Earth Prayers From Around the World