Trump: I will Build a Great, Great Seawall and Make the Fish Pay for It! – April 3, 2016

By April 5, 2016World Oceans

Apparently Mr. Trump has devised a scheme to protect his beloved island of Manhattan from the ravages of global warming, according to the Waterfront Alliance. It does, however, remain unclear exactly how the fish will pay for it.

On a more positive note, a comprehensive study published this week reports that most of the world’s fish stocks could recover in ten years and double in size by 2050 if all countries switched to best management practices. Scientists ran computer simulations on 4,713 fisheries, representing about 78 percent of worldwide fishing activity to get the results. The study concluded that fisheries considered biologically healthy would grow from around 47 percent today to 77 percent in 10 years if the correct management practices were put in place. This affirms our strong belief that Mother Nature is a far better manufacturer of fish than man.

Biologist Edward O. Wilson, professor emeritus at Harvard University, will publish an exhortation to conserve biodiversity titled “Half Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life.” The book offers an improbable prescription for the environment: Dr. Wilson suggests that humans set aside roughly 50 percent of the planet as a sort of permanent preserve, undisturbed by man. “In the oceans, we need to stop fishing in the open sea and let life there recover. If we halted those fisheries, marine life would increase rapidly.” said Wilson. “It’s been in my mind for years, that people haven’t been thinking big enough—even conservationists.”

 

Unloading Spanish Mackerel, gill-netted on the F/V Katie Girl in Tarpon Springs, FL

 

In Austin, TX, Olamaie chefs Michael Fojtasek, Grae Nonas, and the James Beard Award finalist team with the Mackerel that yesterday was swimming 

In spite of very challenging issues like seafood slavery and IUU fishing, there is positive movement among fishing nations to address the issue of protecting fisheries. The UN began negotiations last week for a new Marine Biodiversity Treaty Negotiations working towards an agreement to protect life in the high seas, closing some of the largest legal loopholes in the ocean. Hopeful steps.

King Salmon on the dock in Astoria, OR: “You can see my feet below, size 12 running shoes look small….The nose has been cut out because this is a hatchery fish, and the information seed plant is in the nose, so they cut it out.  It will show all the information on the salmon; history, birth place and year, hatchery, and other information they put on it….”

 

Beaufort, NC landed by the F/V Dakota: Grilled Swordfish with peas, chamomile, and spring garlic served by Alma at The Standard chef Ari Taymor on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, CA

In a most encouraging sign, this week we saw the first Spring King Salmon landing from the Columbia River, bordering Oregon and Washington, mouth and up stream, averaging around 14 pounds.

We want to congratulate NYC’s Crave Fishbar in joining the growing community of B Corp.

And Sea to Table is proud to being recognized as an important member of The Small but Growing Seafood Traceability Startup Scene.

All the best,

from the Dimin Family and the Sea to Table team

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